A RECEPTION was held by Carnoustie Community Council in the old Council Chambers on Friday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Carnoustie twinning with Maule and the 15th anniversary of the twinning with Aulney.
Mr Roger Jeffery, chairman of the Carnoustie Twinning Association, welcomed a company from France, and Michel Contet, president of the Twinning Committee in Maule responded.
Ed Oswald, vice-chairman of Carnoustie Community Council, addressed the gathering before presenting Mr Contet with an inscribed glass plaque to mark the special occasion.
He said: “On behalf of Carnoustie Community Council, let me extend a very warm welcome to our French visitors from Maule and Aulney and to their hosts and twinners from Carnoustie.
“This reception is being held to mark the 20th anniversary of the twinning arrangement between Carnoustie, Maule, and the Valley of the Mauldre.
“It also coincides with the 15th anniversary of the official joining of Aulnay to the original agreement.”
He went on: “Some people present might not be aware of the historical link between Maule and Carnoustie. The 20th anniversary twinning booklet explains that Maule used to be a barony and one of the younger sons of the first Baron of Maule followed William the Conqueror during the conquest of England in 1066.
“Some of his descendants settled in Scotland where the King granted them some land in the Carnoustie area where the two communes were then named Maule.
“Residents in the town will be aware that there was a street in Carnoustie named Maule long before the creation of the Twinning Association.”
Mr Oswald continued: “The Twinning Association was instituted in 1991 and the Twinning Charter with Maule was signed in 1992 and with Aulney in 1997.
“Over the last 15 to 20 years many visits have taken place and I have been fortunate to have visited Maule and Aulney on many occasions and have always been looked after very well by my French hosts.
“I fondly remember visiting the ‘Allee de Carnoustie’ and the ‘Angus Passageway’ which was opened in 2000, and attending the Highland Games.”
He said that the aim of the twinning to foster and develop mutual understanding between the two communities has been a great success and said that many links have been established with the rugby clubs, choirs, cyclists, walkers, Highland dancers and schools and colleges and these links continue to grow
Mr Oswald concluded: “Hopefully this week you will continue to enjoy your visit to Carnoustie and I look forward to seeing you all at the Carnoustie Gala tomorrow.
“Finally, let me congratulate both twinning associations for all their good work over the years and wish them well for the next 20 years.”