’Allo, ’Allo! Phrase books out as French twin town visitors prepare to fly in

The sight of the French tricolour flying high over Girvan’s McKechnie Institute has signalled the imminent arrival in the town of a group from its “twin” Torcy in France.

The French delegation of about 20 visitors arrives at Prestwick Airport today (Wednesday) for five days of events and activities aimed at cementing Girvan’s relationship with the French town.

However, this year’s visit will be a special one for both towns, since it marks the 25th anniversary of the twinning arrangement set up in 1988 which will be marked on Saturday with a celebratory reception and dinner at Woodlands Bay. This will be attended by civic dignitaries from both towns.

The dinner will mark the end of a series of events taking place during the visit. These will begin with a friendly golf match over Girvan links on Friday, followed by a barbecue in the evening.

On Saturday, an official naming ceremony of the street, “Torcy Way”, will be held at 10.30am.

As usual, Sundays are earmarked for the visitors to spend time with local families, most of whom will be no strangers to one another having built up strong ties over the years.

Secretary of the welcome team, Janette Bounds, said: “We are so looking forward to the arrival of our French friends once more and to cementing the long-standing relationships, both civic and personal, which have been built up and which have stood the test of time over last quarter of a century.”