RESIDENTS of Bourne End welcomed some very special guests last week as the twinning association met with their French counterparts.

A group of people from Octeville-sur-Mer, a commune twinned with Bourne End, made the journey over to Bucks at the end of last week.

As expected the French visitors were warmly welcomed with a number of displays and bunting erected around the town to mark the occasion.

The guests were given a tour of Bourne End as well as the surrounding areas with the history of Bucks being explained.

Chairman of the Bourne End Twinning Association, Liz Yeeles, said: “Activities over the weekend included a coach trip to the Black Country Living Museum, a visit to the Mayor's parlour in High Wycombe where the history of the role and regalia were explained to them.”

She added: “On Saturday evening (May 31) a group meal was held followed by a very popular barn dance.”

The visit also saw a number of speeches made from key representatives including Mrs Yeeles and Octeville-sur-Mer president, Alain Richard.

Octeville-sur-Mer Mayor Jean-Louis Rousilon and local councillors Sue Wagner (Wooburn and Bourne End Parish Council chairman) and Brian Pollock (Wycombe District Council) also said a few words.

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