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Trip to Dinan - Great Success

On 14th September, eleven members of the association took a 55-minute flight from EMA to Dinard in Brittany and were greeted by 35 French friends from Shepshed's twin town of Domont who had travelled by coach from Paris to meet them.  There then followed two action-packed days all organised by the French. This was in return for a successful joint visit to Liverpool, which the English organised in 2013.

The two groups enjoyed a long weekend based in Dinan, a beautiful, walled medieval town by the river Rance. The blue skies and autumn sunshine made the graceful grey stone buildings even more stunning.
 

A visit to the stylish seaside town of Dinard revealed that the resort had been established by a wealthy British woman in the 1850s. From Dinard's port, the group looked across the Rance estuary to the delightful walled city of St Malo. A road over a dam now links the two historic towns. The dam also provides a good percentage of Brittany's power needs using clean tidal power. 
 

The big variation in tides also favours oyster production. A visit to an oyster farm showed just how technical the work is, but the Anglo-French group also found out how good the oysters taste.

Needless to say, there were plenty of good meals and good company – a chance to catch up and to discuss matters of concern in both countries. There was support for the notion that Britain’s departure from the EU should not be allowed to damage the real friendships that have been built over many years.

Dinan town centre

Past Newsletters

LIVERPOOL MAY 2013
“Grey and sad” – this was how one member of the party described her preconceived idea of Liverpool. By the end of the weekend, she and everyone else had a new picture of this exciting city.
52 people from the Shepshed and Domont areas spent a long weekend in Liverpool. This was a chance to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.
We did a tour of the sights of the city, with a brilliant bilingual guide Julie, taking in the shopping centre Liverpool One, the art galleries, Chinatown, the Ropewalks district, the site of the Cavern Club, and (of course) Penny Lane, finishing up with visits to the two cathedrals. Later we visited the Beatles Story, an exhibition of the Beatles’ music and lives.

That evening we had an excellent dinner at a restaurant on the waterfront.
The next day we went on the Mersey, with views of the magnificent waterfront and the Liver building, and also of the Birkenhead side. We visited the museum of Liverpool, and the slavery exhibition – an eye-opener for all of us.

Dinner on the Saturday was at the Philharmonic dining rooms, one of the architectural gems of Liverpool, famous for its ornate urinals (as well as for the quality of its fish and chips). The evening finished with a sing-song – Beatles numbers, and some folk songs.
The last morning found us in Port Sunlight, a model village just outside the city, built by the Lever brothers for workers at their soap factory. It has hundreds of listed buildings, including an art gallery with a collection of pre-Raphaelite paintings.


The visit ended with the English party returning to Leicestershire, and the French to John Lennon airport, all looking forward to meeting again next year.

A few photos by Christine Marchand - more to come
Albert Dock
Meal at Albert Dock restaurant
Clockwise from top left: view of Albert Dock, Outside the Cavern Club, Port Sunlight Village, Eating at a restaurant at Albert Dock