What should have been a celebration of the rekindling of a small part of the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France is now cloaked in sadness ... but solidarity.
Levenmouth Twinning Association (LTA), which is officially linking up with the French town of Bruges next summer, has expressed its sorrow over the Paris tragedy as it prepares for a trip next month across the Channel.
The association solemnly echoed a message of sympathy sent by Ville de Bruges for the victims of Friday’s horrific terrorist attacks, with the Mayor of Bruges, Brigitte Terraza, speaking of the importance of strength to the people.
Blair Denwette, president, felt it was important that, in the build-up to Christmas, everyone showed their unity with every town and village across France, while the Bruges partnership mirrored a wider aim.
“Our hope would be that, by making these contacts, we’re promoting love, peace and harmony and working together to create a better society,” he said.
An LTA delegation will be setting up its stall at its future twin’s outdoor Christmas market in Bruges’ town square.
They will be promoting what the Kindgom will contribute to its new family, with Fife produce such as jam, home-made tablet, ginger beer, and offering a glimpse of the area through the Fife Free Press Group’s 2016 Discovering Fife calendar.