Building on success of twin visit

Bruges visitors  in June 2015
Bruges visitors in June 2015

Levenmouth’s Twinning Assiociation is hoping to build on the success of a recent visit by French delegates at a meeting designed to engage with the community.

The association welcomed 10 visitors last month from the town of Bruges, near the Bordeaux region, for a whirlwind three-day tour of the area.

After the success of the visit, it’s now important for us to get the community on board

Now the association is keen to boost and expand initial links formed during the visit, so has organised an informal meeting later this month to discuss plans for the future of the new twinning link.

Levenmouth and Bruges are due to be twinned formally in June 2016, with visits to the French town already planned for August and December before things are made official.

Blair Denwette, from the group said: “After the success of the visit, it’s now important for us to get the community on board – this can’t be seen as something which is just being done by Fife Council. The people have to have ownership.”

Following the visit, town officials in Bruges have already invited Levenmouth to be a part of their annual music festival in June 2016 and a football tournament in which both of their other twin towns – Pollenca in Spain and Umkirch in Germany – also participate.

Fellow group member Linda Judge added: “Anyone is welcome to come along to the meeting, groups or individuals, and there is absolutely no commitment needed at this stage – we just want to have a discussion about what we can offer on our end.”

The meeting takes place at the Buckhaven Beehive, College Street, Buckhaven, on Sunday, July 12, 1.00 - 3.30 p.m. If interested, please call 01592 654017 or email buckhavenbeehive@btconnect.com

In the run up to the link being made official in 12 months’ time, the association will be making two trips out to Bruges to see for themselves the landscape and meet the people Levenmouth will be partnering with. They will visit during the annual football competition in August, and during the Christmas market period in December. Delegates have also invited the group to source talented classical musicians to play with the town’s orchestra during its annual music festival in June 2016.

The association is keen to boost its numbers and see locals take on responsibilities for links in sport, the arts, education and more, and, following this month’s meeting, an AGM will be held later in the year, where it is hoped new members will join.