Visitors from Carentan, France will will celebrate the 40th anniversary of being twinned with Selby this week by visiting the town. Selby has long been twinned with Carentan since the year of 1974. Often visitors from both towns make the journey across to channel to partake in celebrations.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary, which also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, a group of visitors from Carentan will come to Selby, North Yorkshire on Thursday May 1st.
A spokeswomen from the Selby-Carentan Twinning Committee said: "This is a wonderful occasion and we are really looking forward to visit Yorkshire. As gift to the visitors a special Selby-Carentan beer has been brewed and the French visitors will each be presented with a bottle of the beer. The label bears the crests of both towns, on their arrival.
Furthermore a drinks and food reception has been organised at the Selby Rugby Club. The club will be decorated with red, white and blue bunting. The French visitors will then pair off with their Selby host families for the long weekend.
Several cafes in the town will celebrate by making and serving fanciful french desserts such as Crème Brûlée, Crêpes Suzette, French Apple Tart amongst others.
A fixture of organised events has been arranged which includes a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. A slideshow and talk about the history of Selby and a ‘Swan’ guided walk around the town, a banquet at Selby Bowling Club which will also be attended by representatives of Selby Town Council. A visit to Wentworth Castle near Barnsley and a Yorkshire pie supper at Selby Bowling Club on the final evening will also take place.
A party of 13 archers will also visit Selby, to compete against Selby Archery Club on Saturday May 3rd.
As is tradition on the final evening Sunday May 4th, the 30 French visitors will sing Ma Normandie - the unofficial regional anthem of Normandy - to their hosts at the Bowling Club.
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