Enjoyable visit for Chabanais party

Members of the Chabanais group are pictured with their local hosts.

Members of the Chabanais group are pictured with their local hosts.

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Forfar Twinning Association welcomed their French counterparts for Chabanais to the town recently for the organisation’s 22nd exchange visit.

A group of 23 enjoyed the visit to the area and, along with their Scottish hosts, they took part in a varied programme of events.

There was an entertaining visit to St Andrews Highland Games, where they learned about all the various heavyweight events while other outings included visits to Stirling Castle, Rosslyn Chapel and the National Mining Museum at Newtongrange. A trip to the Scottish Crannog Centre at Loch Tay, with a visit to the Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully and a tour of Dewar’s World of Whisky at Aberfeldy also proved to be a very popular day out.

The entire group took part in a walk across the Tay Road Bridge and this was followed by a picnic at Magdelan Green before a tour of the Cairn O’ Mohr Winery at Errol.

A day in Fife included visits to St Andrews Botanic Gardens and Crail Arts Festival, finishing with a delicious fish and chip tea in Anstruther. There was also a visit to Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre to watch the commemoration of the first flight to France in 1914 after the declaration of war. This flight had taken off from Montrose and there was a flying display by a replica aircraft.

The traditional soiree with Scottish music and dancing took place this year at Kirriemuir Golf Club.

All these outings were made possible with support from Angus Council, which provided funding from its Community Grant Scheme.

The Twinning Committee’s annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 24 at 7.30 p.m. in the Old Reid Park Bar, West High Street, Forfar and anyone keen to get involved with the association will be welcome to attend.