[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.
THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.
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