The latest twinning visit to Ruddington by visitors from Grenay, our twin town in France, took place between 10th and 12th August 2017. Fourteen youngsters aged from 12 to 16, accompanied by three youth workers, spent two full days with us.
Activities included visits to the Framework Knitters’ and Village Museums, as well as a trip to the Chinese dinosaur exhibition at Wollaton Hall and its satellite exhibition at the University of Nottingham. The Mayor of Grenay and his wife dropped in to see us on their way back to Grenay from Scotland and the whole group was photographed with the new village boundary sign on Clifton Lane. Everyone was clearly delighted to see Grenay highlighted in our new sign.
On separate nights, our guests enjoyed a curry and a fish and chip supper, both culminating in competitive, yet friendly, sports and games. We were very lucky that the weather was kind to us, so indoor and outdoor games were possible. The children themselves were very friendly, open and helpful, and were a credit to their home town.
At the conclusion of the trip, our visitors were presented with a framed copy of the photograph taken at the village sign by Twinning Committee member, Peter McGowan. Each person also received their own copy of the photograph.
Councillor Paul Reedman