French visitors honour the Bard

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A PARTY of 11 French visitors were welcomed to Carnoustie on Thursday to take part in the Burns Supper held at the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms in the town.

The visitors, from Maule Carnoustie’s twin town, arrived by plane on Thursday evening.

The group undertook a trip up the Dundee Law followed by a guided walk around the city centre on Friday despite the frequent snow flurries.

Unfortunately, a late afternoon visit to the Mills Observatory on Balgay hill was thwarted by snow and ice on the approach road.

Saturday was spent in the company of host families before they attended the Burns Supper in the evening.

Entertainment was provided prior to the meal by a group from Carnoustie Choir under the direction of Stewart Fyffe while piper Sandy Burgess piped in the haggis carried by ‘Poosie Nancy’, Alison Gardner.

John Henderson delivered the Immortal Memory with Roger Brunton in support proposing the Toast to the Lasses.

Francoise Svensson from Maule delivered an appropriate repost on behalf of the ‘lasses’.

The evening continued with a dance to the music of the Carnoustie Traditionals.

At a joint committee meeting on Sunday, chairman Roger Jeffery presented president of the Jumelage de Maule and the valley of the Mauldre (CJMVM) with the Gala Day trophy which had been awarded to the French jumelage by the Gala Committee for the best walking float on Gala Day in July.

Later on Sunday the visitors became aware that their return flight to Paris on Monday had been cancelled and so started a search for alternative travel arrangements home.

After a group meeting in the Kinloch Arms Hotel where various alternative arrangements were proposed, the group eventually left the town on Monday afternoon for Edinburgh where they were to board a coach to begin their onward journey home by road.

Somewhat tired, the group arrived home in Maule late on Tuesday afternoon, a day later than planned.