Easter weekend celebration in Maule

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A PARTY comprising about 40 Carnoustie folk and friends travelled to Maule by air, road and ferry to take part in the town’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the town twinning arrangement between the two towns over Easter weekend.

While some were still en route, an advance party was experiencing a walking tour of central Paris visiting some of the better, as well as lesser known sites.

All groups of visitor and hosts came together on the Friday evening at a reception held at Aulnay Primary School, pupils of which had visited Carnoustie in 2009.

The mayors of both Aulnay and Maule were present and chairman of Carnoustie Twinning Association Roger Jeffery and president of the Jumelage of Maule, Michel Contet, were invited to unveil a mosaic prepared by schoolchildren to celebrate that visit. The mosaic was styled on the design of tapestry sewn by Carnoustie school pupils to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the twinning and then given to the Maule schools.

The evening was rounded off with some piping by two members of the Carnoustie Pipe Band who had travelled by car and ferry conveying all the band instruments for the event.

The main feature of the weekend was a parade headed by members of Carnoustie and District Pipe Band, followed by a mini highland games in the town. Along with the pipe band, the parade featured the mayors from Maule and Aulnay, a group of highland dancers taught by Sheilagh Macfarlane and Marion Boath, standard bearers of the Souvenir Francais, the French equivalent of the Royal British Legion, a vintage fire engine, and local Maulois from all the community associations in the town and visitors from Carnoustie wound their way through the town and market square stopping to play and dance for the townsfolk.

Throughout the day, celebrations were punctuated by sessions from the pipe band, highland dancers and various ‘heavy’ events.

On Sunday, groups walked, cycled and paid visits locally before taking part in a ‘guinguette’ evening of dance and music in the French style which for some marked the end of their weekend before their return to Scotland.