Fifty years ago, on 2 January 1973, Brittany Ferries tell us their first ship set sail from Roscoff en route to Plymouth. Called Kerisnel, carrying a cargo of cauliflowers, onions and cognac, and bringing Brittany Ferries, owned by the Brittany farming community (which still largely owns the business) to life. Tarporley and Bohars twinners have often used this service in the 35+ years of our Twinning.
Brexit, Covid and politics may have unsettled us, but things are getting back on track and to help them celebrate this special 50th anniversary Brittany Ferries invited Twinning representatives to join them on board their flagship Pont-Aven in Millbay Plymouth on 2 January 2023 for a reception and anniversary dinner on-board.
Aboard the Pont-Aven
Here are a couple of pictures from the event. Can you spot our party in the top picture?
Well the visit from France has just ended and as I write they are winging their way back to Brest.
In a packed programme the youngsters enjoyed themselves at Manley Mere, climbed an indoor rock face at Ellesmere Port, visited Alton Towers, went biking in the forest at Delamere, had a barbecue, looked around Chester and went swimming in both Chester’s Northgate pool and at Delamere’s outdoor wild swimming. It’s exhausting even listing it all!
Between the 20th and 27th August, a party of French children from Bohars aged between 13 and 17, along with an 18 year old leader, are travelling to us to see Tarporley and the surrounding areas. Again this is after a covid-created gap in our annual exchanges.
We are looking forwards to their visit! If anyone would like to help out in any way then please get in touch. We could still do with a couple of new host families for the children. This involves providing accommodation and food; everything else is organised by the Twinning Association. No fluency in French is needed!
In May 2022 we were able to visit Bohars again, after a covid-induced interval.
We visited Les Ateliers des Capuchins right in the heart of Brest, the biggest covered public square in Europe. It has a varied history of being a monastery, then workshops for various activities including fabrication precision equipment for warships, and now is an open space community workspace and museum
Outside Les Ateliers des CapuchinsExhibit at Les Ateliers des Capuchins
We also went to Locronan, a a medieval unspoiled village in Brittany, south of Brest, a delightful village with some strange characters!
Twinners at LocronanA Quiet Drink in LocronanMore Characters at LocronanMedieval games at Locronan
We also visited a Cabaret, exchanged a celebration cake and gifts for 40 years of twinning, making the firm statement that after 2 years of pandemic, we are back and open for business. We were all looked after very well, and all 9 of us had a very good and fruitful time!
As hoped for, we have been given the green light and we will be visiting Bohars over the first Bank Holiday weekend of May 2022. The Early May Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday April 30th to Monday 2nd May.