Cupar’s French connection shows signs of friendship

Members of Cupar and Howe of Fife Twinning Association with the newly-erected signs in Cupar.

Members of Cupar and Howe of Fife Twinning Association with the newly-erected signs in Cupar.

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The continuing link between north east Fife and Sainte Ménéhould in the Argonne has been further strengthened with the erection of twinning signs at the main entrances to Cupar.

Clotilde Gallissot (third from right) from the French town joined members of the Cupar and the Howe of Fife Twinning Association for the unveiling.

Clotilde spent four weeks working as a volunteer at Falkland Palace in order to improve her English, and has now gone to university in Nancy to pursue a languages-based degree course.

The twinning process be began more than 10 years ago and was formalised in 2010, with both towns joined in Charters of Twinning and Friendship in 2010 and 2011.

The Charters are on display in Fife Council’s offices in St Catherine Street, Cupar.

Sainte Ménehould, which is in the Champagne region, was France was chosen as it shares a lot of similar characteristics with Cupar.

It is also a farming community surrounded by a number of small villages.

Since the twinning, the two communities have enjoyed regular exchange visits by people of all ages.

Anyone who wishes to know more about the twinning or would like to join the committee is asked to contact them via www.howeoffifetwinning.org, or the Cupar Twins Facebook page.