St Ives pulled out all the stops for four days last week to ensure a group of twelve guests from the Breton Town of Camaret Sur Mer: St Ives’ twinned town had a memorable stay with their host families and enjoyed the packed programme of events laid on for them.
The group which included probably the youngest ever to take part in the revived Twinning programme, eighteen month old Marlon, returned back across the channel from Plymouth to Roscoff on Sunday with fond and hopefully lasting memories of their stay. The Twinning Committee is chaired by Councillor Ron Tulley. Although the new twinning with Camaret is not a Town Council initiative it does give it its support which included a reception on Friday (20th) for the Breton Guests, their host families and numerous Town Councillors in the Council Chamber, during the evening a sumptuous buffet was enjoyed courtesy of the Williams sisters, – Tamsyn and Heather, music was supplied by Mike & Elly Rowebottom on melodeon and flute and afterwhich there was an exchange of gifts. Included in the Breton’s visit during their four days were, the open top bus to Lands End showing off the peninsula’s spectacular coastline, visits then on to the Lifeboat Station, St Ives Museum, Tate, The Western Jazz Night, St Uny School, Arts Club for tea and cakes. The Sloop for morning coffee and all aboard Mike Laity’s Lugger ‘Dolly Pentreath’ for a trip around the bay. It was agreed by the Bretons to establish links with St Ives Football Club, St Ives Surf Lifesaving Club and St Uny School.
Summing up the Bretons stay in St Ives Tony Mason of St Ives Tourist Association (SITA) said ‘Everyone involved was very enthusiastic and they would like to see other like minded people of the town get involved in the twinning arrangement which has brought a new community spirit’.
Report & Pictures Colin Sanger