Torcy town twinners visit Girvan

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Last week Girvan Town Twinning Association welcomed a visit by a group from our French twin town, Torcy near Paris. You may not have noticed that while we have recently been enjoying calm excellent weather, much of Europe including France has been suffering storms and flooding.

During the group’s time here there was a busy programme of social events and visits, including one to Arran. This had been long promised but unfortunately the weather was not kind to us on the day and the midges added their personal welcome to proceedings. Nevertheless, the beauty of Arran clad in rhododendrons was unforgettable.

Jimmy Wilson, the late long-serving Pipe Major of Girvan Pipe Band and founder chairman of the twinning in Girvan, was a well kent figure in Torcy. He visited with the Twinning and with the Band on many occasions and was made an honorary citizen of Torcy some years ago. The Torcy twinners had been very sad to hear of Jimmy’s death and wished to commemorate him. In the presence of Jimmy’s daughter Mandy, their President George Pasquet planted a tree in the garden behind the McKechnie Institute and gave a touching speech in his memory recalling how Jimmy had become the best known Girvanite in Torcy. Next year it will be our turn to visit Torcy.