Torpoint and Bénodet

PUBLISHED: 15:32 13 January 2012 | UPDATED: 11:57 24 February 2012

Torpoint and Bénodet

Torpoint and Bénodet

Torpoint in Cornwall has been twinned with Bénodet in Brittany for almost 25 years. Veronica Bright, twinning committee member, tells us more.

Cornwall and Cornouaille two regions with a history which met in the 5th century when Celts from Britain crossed the Channel to escape Anglo-Saxon invaders. Torpoint and Bnodet two towns drawn together by their proximity to the sea and their position on the mouth of a river. In 1987 both were ready to embark on the adventure that is twinning.

What do we love best about being twinned with Bnodet? Showing our visitors some of the beautiful and interesting places in the West Country memories include inhaling salty air on boat trips; photographing steam trains through clouds of smoke; waiting for butterflies to hatch at a butterfly farm (or at least hoping one of the chrysalises in the row would give a wriggle); walking in the footsteps of the past at historic houses; sharing our strange words for plants and flowers in some of Cornwalls stunning gardens (rose trmire, coquelicot, pissenlit, would you believe? Much more fun than dandelion!) We love our trips in and around Bnodet too from an elegant lunch at a chteau to a more down to earth rendezvous with the horses at a stud farm.

Soires are always fun, and some of our best get-togethers have been when weve entertained each other with sketches and songs (all quite professionally delivered, I assure you!). Without a doubt the crme de la crme of these occasions was the time the French men adapted black binliners into Breton ladies dresses, donned tall head-gear, and performed la Moulin Rouge!

Even when an exchange isnt imminent, the fun goes on at our monthly fundraising social events that take us from Burns night through to the Christmas party. In summer our keen boules players meet weekly and our skilful team has been county champions several times.

2012 marks the twenty fifth year of our association, and we plan to celebrate our friendship and mutual understanding. Long live Breton crpes and Cornish cream teas!

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