MAYBOLE Town Twinning Association were delighted to welcome their many foreign friends to the town.
In glorious sunshine, 54 twinners from Crosne (France), Bogen and Schotten (Germany) and Rymarov (Czech Republic) were welcomed by members of Maybole Town Twinning Association who had organised the annual 'Tour de Jumelage' at Auchincruive, Ayr.
As there were many new people from Crosne, a visit was made to Maybole in the late afternoon and dinner in the evening brought together all the delegations.
On Thursday morning, everyone set off for Alloway, walking from the Burns Experience to Greenan Shore where a picnic was enjoyed by all. Two members of the French group even braving a swim.
In the afternoon the twinners walked through Belleisle Park before returning to the Burns Experience via Burns Cottage.
On Thursday evening following dinner, entertainment was provided by the delegations, with the people from Crosne and Bogen performing traditional dances, the people of Schotten acting out a play based on all the towns travelling to the tour, and the Maybole members singing Scottish songs. Later in the evening under the super instruction of Sally Anderson the visitors enjoyed learning some Scottish dances.
On Friday morning the twinners walked from Auchincruive down the River Ayr giving everyone time in the town centre for shopping. In the evening a civic drinks reception was hosted by Provost Sloan of South Ayrshire Council at Oswald Hall, Auchincruive where she welcomed the delegations. William Grant, Chairman of Maybole Town Twinning Association, made the reply of thanks.
Following the reception a barbecue was expertly prepared, cooked and served by Hugh, Sally, Lesley, William, Gillian, John, Sarah and Catriona. The evening finished with everyone enjoying an evening of Scottish dancing.
On Saturday the group travelled by coach via the Galloway tourist route, with everyone absorbed in the magnificent scenery, to Creetown where they had an enjoyable visit and lunch at the Gem Museum.In the afternoon they travelled round Wigtown Bay to the Bladnoch Distillery where samples of the distillery's whiskies were enjoyed. At this point their luck ran out and the rain arrived limiting the views on the return up the coast. A short stop was made at Maybole before returning to Auchincruive.
In the evening, following dinner, it was time for the farewell speeches and William Grant thanked everyone for coming to Scotland, especially those who had never been before, with a special mention of the delegations from Bogen and Rymarov.
He continued by thanking the twinning committee for organising the event, those who had stayed at Auchincruive, Hugh and Sally Anderson, John Campbell, and Lesley Grant for the effort put in by them to make such a superb success.
There was a special thanks to Gillian Anderson and Maybole Resource Centre and Hugh Anderson the Vice Chairman of Maybole Twinning who had carried out the majority of organising of the tour. At this point he made a small presentation to Hugh.
Finally a twinning cake was cut by William and Hugh. Replies were then made and small gifts given to the organisers by Hans Otto Zimmermann, chairman of twinning in Schotten, Daniel Robin, chairman of twinning in Crosne, Miroslav Slovacek, former Mayor of Rymarov and Wulf Weingartner from Bogen.
Sunday morning came too soon with all the sad farewells, but also the building of new friendships and the sincere thanks of everyone following an excellent time enjoyed by all.
William Grant said afterwards: "So we now look forward to 2007 when the Tour de Jumelage will be organised by the town of Bogen, which is in the beautiful area of Bavaria in Germany. Why not join us?"