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A Taste of Devon in Bishopsteignton with the French twinners from La Roche Maurice

PUBLISHED: 13:38 29 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 20 February 2013

Jaques and Marie France Falchun and John Gruber and Hazel Elderfield

Jaques and Marie France Falchun and John Gruber and Hazel Elderfield

A taste of Devon - that's exactly what the French twinners from La Roche Maurice experienced when they visited Bishopsteignton from 21st to 24th May. They had timed this year's visit to perfection, coinciding as it did the Devon County Show.

A taste of Devon - that's exactly what the French twinners from La Roche Maurice experienced when they visited Bishopsteignton from 21st to 24th May. They had timed this year's visit to perfection, coinciding as it did the Devon County Show, with all the fine local produce this event has to offer, and the hottest and sunniest weekend of the year (so far)!

The first official twinning visit between Bishopsteignton and La Roche Maurice in Brittany took place some 20 years ago when just 10 people travelled to France by car. This year no fewer than 57 French of all ages made the trip in the opposite direction, and a superb time was had by all!

The programme was relaxed, with just the right mix of organised events and time to relax "en famille", which for most people meant a long leisurely lunch on the Sunday "a la Francaise", either at home or in a local restaurant.

Saturday was the busiest day, with an all day visit to the county show followed by a dinner dance at Teignmouth Golf Club in the evening. The Sunday evening picnic in Bishopsteignton Community Centre was less formal, with local band, "Lock, Stock and Barrel" leading a traditional English singsong. It soon became apparent that the French had also been practising their singing on the way over in the coach and were not to be put off giving a robust rendition of Breton sea shanties! It all added to the relaxed, fun atmosphere of the entire weekend.

Throughout the three days, genuine warmth and affection shone through on both sides. In his welcoming speech, Bishopsteignton Twinning Chairman, Graham Rowe spoke of his great fondness and friendship, which exists between the two communities and pointed out: "you are not visitors to the village; with us you are the village, and Bishopsteignton is richer as a result".

After the French left Bishopsteignton on Monday morning, they managed to squeeze in a trip to Tintagel and Port Isaac, as well as cocktails on The Hoe before catching the overnight ferry back to Roscoff from Plymouth.

Next year villagers from Bishopsteignton will visit Brittany at the end of May. Further information on any aspect of Bishopsteignton Twinning Association can be obtained from Graham Rowe.

Tel: 01616 778514 or email graham.rowe1@virgin.net

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