The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

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Friday, 6 June 2014

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie marks 30th anniversary of Ayr and St Germain-en-Laye town twinning

South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie has welcomed members of the St Germain Town Twinning Association to Ayr to mark the 30th anniversary of twinning between the French town and Ayr.


[Pictured: Provost Helen Moonie with Douglas Spring, Vice President of St. Germain Town Twinning, guests and members of the St Germain and Ayr Town Twining Associations.] 

The link dates to 1984, when the Ayr Town Twinning Association (ATTA) was founded in 1984 with the aim of fostering and encouraging links between individuals and groups. St Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, was chosen as Ayr’s twin town.

Members make friends with French people with similar interests and visit for short periods, staying in family homes as guests. 

Visits are then reciprocated by French guests, who come to Ayr. 

Presenting a commemorative gift to Douglas Spring, Vice President of St. Germain Town Twinning Association, Provost Moonie said: “The 30th anniversary of the St Germain and Ayr twinning link is definitely something to celebrate.

“It is a wonderful way to develop friendships, increase awareness and understanding of different ways of life, and to appreciate both the similarities and the differences between cultures.

“Over the last 30 years, there have been many visits, exchanges and events between St Germain and Ayr that have truly brought the spirit of twinning to life. 

“Thanks to the efforts of the Ayr and St Germain Town Twinning Associations,  twinning isn’t just something that’s referenced on a signpost into a town – it’s real, it’s practical, and it has allowed our ‘link’ to become a meaningful relationship and friendship.

“We’re very proud of those links and I congratulate both towns and the work of the twinners in each, with the hope they will go on to enjoy and celebrate many more milestone moments in this marvellous movement.”

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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