A love for Scotland and a liking for Levenmouth – that’s why visitors from a French town want to form a lasting link with our locality.
Representatives from the town, in south-west France, just north of Bordeaux, are very keen to forge new artistic, cultural and sporting links with Levenmouth and enhance the camaraderie between nations, as demonstrated by Bruges’ other long-running twinning links with Germany and Spain.
I am very optimisticMayor Brigitte Terraza
A 10-strong French delegation headed back across the English Channel yesterday (Tuesday) after a four-day visit, in which the best of Levenmouth’s scenery, sights, cookery and culture was displayed to them.
The Mayor of Bruges, Brigitte Terraza, said on Monday the venture would be community-led, in both countries, and support from local people would be gauged over the coming year or so, before there was any formal signing.
There was huge enthusiasm in the French locality for children, young people and adults to bond with a British nation, she told the Mail – and Scotland was by far the favourite.
Levenmouth was chosen because it was similar to Bruges in various ways, including size of population, and close to Edinburgh.
It was hoped to organise exchange trips and invite local representatives to a Christmas market in Bruges, she added.An early link was also forged with a visit to the new Levenmouth secondary school.
Mme Terraza said it was important that the trip involved meetings with community groups and was not top-heavy with officialdom.
“We wanted to meet the local community, because it’s between communities that it happens,” she said. “There is no hurry – we’ll be seeing if everybody is ready to invest in twinning.”
Blair Denwette, of the twining steering group set up locally to co-ordinate activities, said another meeting later this month would look at how things could be taken forward collectively, highlighting the determination to succeed while promoting and taking a pride in Levenmouth.
“We’re delighted there’s a willingness and a want to make things happen,” he said, while Mme Terraza added: “I am very optimistic”.