On Friday 18th May 2012, Didier Quentin Mayor of Royan and Mayor of Gosport Councillor Richard Dickson, unveiled the plaque for the “re baptême”or re dedication of the quay. The quay was originally named in 1966 by the then Mayor of Royan Jean-Noël de Lipkowski and Mayor of Gosport Harry Cooley. Catherine Baumon, president of the twinning with Gosport, recalled in her address, the friendship between the two towns, a friendship that has lasted for fifty-three years.
Other highlights that marked this twinning visit were on Saturday, the delegation and their hosts visited the historic and beautiful 14th century town of Saint Jean d’Angelyandthe nearby Chateau de Dampierre. On Sunday before the Civic Church service a meeting was held to discuss possible projects between the two towns.
On Sunday afternoon a friendly Judo competition took place between Holbrook Judo Club www.holbrookjudo.co.uk/and Royan Judo Club. The bouts were competitive and exciting, with a very close finish, Royan won 10 points to 9. The Mayor, Councillor Richard Dixon presented the victors with the trophy. Royan is leading in the overall score between the towns, which now stand at 4 matches to 2.
Monday was a windy and dry day and the annual golf match teed off on the course of Saint-Palais. The Gosport team made up of 6 British nationals and the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dixon lead the charge. Before battle commenced it was decided that the best 3 scores would decide the winning team which was Gosport by a mile. To ensure fairness the scores were recalculated to the best 4, 5, 6 and 7 and at every level Gosport won handsomely. On completion of the competition the teams retired to the Club House the Mayor of Gosport presented the President of the Golf Club with a Gosport Borough Crest to permanently mark the occasion.
Gosport and Fareham Rugby Club http://www.gosportandfarehamrfc.co.uk/who have taken part for every one of the 53 years of twinning were for the first time ever unable to play a game of Rugby. Sorely disappointed this did not dampen their sprits enough to prevent them from enjoying the good company of old friends.
Gosport and Royan both have developed twining websites and took the opportunity of this visit to launch them together. Take a look at Gosport’s twinning website http://www.gosportandroyan.org.uk/ and Royan’s website http://www.royan-jumelage.fr/
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