Provost Helen Moonie was recently welcomed to Torcy in France as part of a visit to celebrate 25 years of the town’s twinning with Girvan.
Provost Moonie was joined by Torcy mayor Guillaume Le Lay-Felzine, who hosted a special event to complete the silver anniversary celebrations, by signing the Torcy charter document – having already signed a similar charter in Girvan earlier this year.
Provost Moonie said: “In May of this year, it was a pleasure to welcome members of the Torcy Town Twinning Association to Girvan and I’m delighted to be in France for the second part of this important celebration, to recommit our two towns to the principles and benefits that come from town twinning.
“During the last twenty five years, many contacts have been established and lasting bonds of friendship have been built – and some of these now cross generations as the sons and daughters (and even the grandchildren) of the original town twinners develop friendships of their own.
“Even with all the technology and social media available to us today you still can’t beat getting together in person and we’ve seen regular exchanges visits between schools, family house swaps, cultural and sporting trips - and much more besides.”
Mayor Le Lay-Felzine and Provost Moonie then signed the new charter with Provost Moonie concluding: “Our signatures represent a re-dedication to working more closely together, deepening our mutual understanding of our wonderful communities and our countries.
“I hope, 25 years from now, the Torcy and Girvan town twinning associations will still be flourishing and celebrating 50 golden years of twinning and offer my warmest congratulations to each and every person for their invaluable contribution to this twinning success story.”