Plaque unveiled to mark French link

Thury Harcourt Place-officially opened by Seaton mayor Gaynor Sedgewick and her French counterpart P

Thury Harcourt Place-officially opened by Seaton mayor Gaynor Sedgewick and her French counterpart Paul Chandelier who are pictured with chairman of the Seaton twinners Clare Jones and from France Nathalia Casas on Sunday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhs 3696-28-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders. - Credit: Archant

Weekend of spectacle and fun to celebrate 30 years of friendship between Seaton and Normandy town of Thury Harcourt

French visitors with their hosts from the Axe Vale Canoe Club at Axmouth Harbour before setting off

French visitors with their hosts from the Axe Vale Canoe Club at Axmouth Harbour before setting off to Beer. Photo by Ian Barradale. - Credit: Archant

Thirty years of friendship between Seaton and its French twin town were commemorated with the unveiling of a special plaque yesterday (Sunday).

Civic leaders joined local residents for the naming of the public realm at The Underfleet as Thury Harcourt Place.

A 48-strong party from the Normandy town spent the weekend in the resort to celebrate the link between the two communities and enjoy a taste of Seaton’s special brand of hospitality and entertainment.

The naming ceremony began with a display by Seaton Majorettes followed by short speeches made from the top of a tram especially provided by Seaton Tramway, before the unveiling of the name board.


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Among those attending were local MP Neil Parish, county councillor Jim Knight, and the mayors of the two towns, Paul Chandelier of Thury-Harcourt, and Gaynor Sedgwick, of Seaton.

After the unveiling the celebrations continued with morris dancing by Uplyme Morris, introducing the French visitors to this quintessential English activity.

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Earlier in the day the twinning association, with the help of local organisations, put together a program of activities designed to show what Seaton and its immediate surroundings have to offer.

These included a visit to the wetlands centre in co-operation with Axe Vale and District Conservation Society, canoeing with Axe Vale Canoe Club, a cycle ride with the help of Axe Valley Pedallers, and a visit to a special opening of Seaton Museum.

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