Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay was delighted to meet some of the visitors from Abergavenny’s French twin town, Beaupréau, over the Easter weekend, More than 220 French visitors were hosted by residents of Abergavenny over the Bank Holiday weekend to mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the official twinning charter between Beaupréau and Abergavenny.
Abergavenny’s twinning committee and the Town Council had been preparing for the visit for many months and welcomed the four coaches when they arrived before lunch on Good Friday.
A busy weekend of events followed with a concert in the Borough Theatre on Friday evening where the French youth band and choir performed as well as a number of local groups from Abergavenny. Football matches were held on Saturday after the unveiling of the memorial to the 30th anniversary had taken place earlier in the day. Saturday evening saw over 400 people enjoying the official twinning dinner at the leisure centre.
Nick attended the Easter service on Sunday at St Mary’s Priory Church where the choir from Beaupréau and other twinning visitors were present, with reference being made to the recent tragic fire at Notre Dame.
After the service, the French choir performed in the Priory Centre.
Speaking on Sunday Nick said: “I was very pleased to meet some of our French guests from Beaupréau, as well as some of the host families. Clearly the visit had been a great success, with Abergavenny looking at its best in the glorious weather.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the celebrations, and especially the hard-working twinning committees, the host families, Abergavenny Town Council, as well as the young footballers and musical performers who entertained everyone throughout the weekend. In these uncertain times, continuing our strong friendships and links with our European twin towns may well become even more important in the years to come.”
Attached photo shows from left- Rev’d Canon Mark Soady, Nancy & Pierre Humeau from Beaupréau, Nick Ramsay AM, Dominique Bioteau (Chairman of the Beaupréau Twinning Committee) and his wife Elisabeth, and Mayor Cllr Teslin Davies