French visitors in Kilsyth

Friendly invasion from twin town..NEW PICTURE

KILSYTH'S French links were strengthened when a party of five young people and two accompanying adults from twin town Meulan, near Paris, came over to spend four enjoyable days with their hosts in Kilsyth.This was the return leg of the youth exchange back in October when six young people from Kilsyth visited Meulan.

The visitors were met off the plane at Prestwick Airport and went straight to the Big Idea in Irvine. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and everyone was very proud of the working model they made. The evening was spent at the Garrell Vale Community Education Centre where there was an alternative Beetle Drive - Making the Wee Kiltie Man.

Next day the guests visited, appropriately, the Meulan Bistro in Main Street where they enjoyed early morning coffee/drinks and cakes, compliments of the bistro. The town twinning association thanks owner Brenda Service. There followed a visit to the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, and shopping for souvenirs. In the evening the young people enjoyed a St Valentine's party at the home of an association member.

Another day out was spent at the Summerlee Heritage Centre in Coatbridgs, where activities included a ride on a tram, and visits to the mine, miners' row, and the weaver's cottage. This was followed by a delicious lunch hosted by Provost Barry McCulloch, and there was time for ice skating at the Time Capsule. Thanks to North Lanarkshire Council and the provost's office for a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable day.

Sunday was a free day with host families before the young visitors set off back to the airport in the afternoon.

The French guests all had a busy and enjoyable time in Kilsyth and would like to thank everyone for their hospitality and assistance.