Aims of Twinning . . .
The Worldwide Twinning Movement aims to foster peace and understanding between peoples of different nations through the forging of friendships at the grass roots. Regardless of what we think of politicians and politics we are now part of the European Community and need to have a better understanding of and relationship with our European neighbours. One of the most enjoyable ways of achieving this is the rapport established through twinning, by families, individuals, special interest groups and businesses.
The Truro Morlaix Twinning Association has met and even surpassed those aims over the last 30 years. From a small start in 1979 the association has grown and many friendships have been formed that have even survived members moving away from the twin town.
In recognition of the Twinning Associations, L’Avenue de Truro was opened in Morlaix in 1983, and Truro created Morlaix Avenue.
As well as the individuals and families that take part in the annual visit to Morlaix, there have been many groups and organisations that have forged links with their Breton counterparts that include: the Ramblers, Pencalenick School, Truro Minors Football, Tattered Swans Morris Dancers, Dandy Cloggers, Fire Service, Police, Treliske Hospital, local schools, Truro College, youth groups; Chacewater Choir and many others.
The annual visits of the French to Truro or the English to Morlaix have also been occasions for increasing the understanding of the local and cultural histories of the towns and people as well as the surrounding areas of Cornwall and Brittany.
We have had the occasional bumpy ride over the channel, but this is soon forgotten in the warm welcome, good food, fine wine and interesting activities.