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RUE DE MONTROSE

As part of the Montrose Twinning Association, Robina and I travelled to Luzarches, our twin town, which is north east of Paris. The main reason for the visit was a street-naming ceremony.

Part of an expansion housing development had been completed and one fo the streets was to be named 'Rue de Montrose'.

The entire weekend, including the weather, ws amazing.

As per usual an action-packed programme had been arranged for us along with compulsory wining and dining! Anyone who has ever been can vouch for this.

On our first full day (Saturday) we visited Chateau d'Ecouen for a guided tour with a very zealous and animated male guide, who for two solid hours reeled off and in-depth account of it's history etc. Breathtaking!

On Saturday evening we set sail to Picard where we ate in a marquee along with at least another 700 punters. After the excellent meal we were ushered out to an adjacent grandstand, which held over 5000 people, to witness an open-air sound and light spectacular depicting the history of the area with a cast of 700~all local voulnteers. It had to be seen to be believed~truly gobsmacking.

The street-naming ceremony took place on Sunday attended by a delegation of dignitaries from each of the twinning associations including the Mayor of Luzarches, Patric Decolan, and the provost of Angus, Ruth Leslie_Melville. entertainment was provided by the Luzarches town band, pipers from Blairgowrie and dancers from Robina's Gordon School of Dancing While all this was taking place a mini highland games gathering was happening in the public park in front of a large enthusiastic crowd.

In the evening we were afforded the courtesy of Chateau Champlatreux for dinner, by its charming owner (I wouldn't fancy facing the chateau rates bill).

On Monday we departed with heavy hearts and even heavier stomaches!

DEREK ADDISON