A WEST Devon group made a special trip to the continent recently to mark 50 years of twinning with a French town.  

Holsworthy and District Twinning Association travelled to their twin town in Normandy, Aunay sur Odon as part of the pair’s celebration of half a century of twinning.  

The party of 35 travellers arrived at Ouistreham, meeting their hosts for the weekend before heading to their host homes.  

During their visit, the group attended an official reception held at the  Aunay 'Marie' - town hall - provided by the mayor and her council. A welcome speech was made by Thierry Delauney, the president of Aunay Twinning.  

Holsworthy Twinning Association's president Alan Harris thanked everyone for their friendship and hospitality over the years. 

Mayor of Holsworthy, Cllr Nigel Kenneally presented the council with gifts from Holsworthy's council.  

During the visit Cllr Kenneally also signed the new charter. The original charter was signed in Aunay on the June 23, 1974. 

After emotional goodbyes early on Monday morning we all enjoyed a pleasant crossing back to Portsmouth.  

A spokesperson from the group said: “We are all looking forward to hosting our French friends next year to celebrate the signing of the charter in Holsworthy.”