French connection continues as Sodbury party visits twin town

July 03 2016

MEMBERS of Sodbury and District Twinning Association visited their twin town of Cesson in France, continuing a link which was established nearly 40 years ago.

Cesson

MEMBERS of Sodbury and District Twinning Association visited their twin town of Cesson in France, continuing a link which was established nearly 40 years ago.
The official relationship dates back to 1979 when the association was founded but came about as a result of the Anglo-French Concorde project, when French and British engineers worked on the supersonic aircraft.
Over the years, residents from the Sodbury area and Cesson, which lies south-east of Paris, have organised many exchange visits.
This year was the turn of Sodbury visitors to be entertained in a programme organised by the French Twinning Association.
It ranged from a meal at a pirate-themed restaurant to a guided tour of the Palais Garnier in Paris, which was the main home of the Paris Opera until 1989.
Now mainly used to stage ballet performances, it is well know for being the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera.
Some members also visited the Chateau de Fontainebleau, sited not far from Cesson.
Anyone interested in the twinning group should visit its website www.sdtwinning.org.uk or email Pam Pearce at pjpearce37@gmail.com for more information.

Photo by Alan Twiddy of the Galerie Francois 1er at the Chateau de Fontainebleau.