At Easter 2017, 66 French visitors arrived in Linlithgow to take part in our annual exchange. This was the largest number of visitors we have hosted for many years and it certainly gave our committee plenty to do in planning the event. We were delighted to welcome many new “twinners” from Guyancourt including families and 8 walkers from a Guyancourt walking club.
Because of the large numbers involved, we decided to offer 4 different activities on Saturday:
- Our local historian, Bruce Jamieson, led a walking tour of Linlithgow
- Two of our committee took a group to Edinburgh for a whistlestop tour
- Another group tried indoor carpet bowls followed by either a canal trip or a trip to Falkirk Stadium to watch a football match
- The Linlithgow Ramblers led a walk at Pitclochry
On Saturday evening we hosted a dinner and ceilidh at the Beancross. This was the first time we had used the Beancross and we will definitely go back. It was a great evening.
On Sunday, the walkers from Guyancourt joined a ramble near South Queensferry led by the Linlithgow Ramblers.
A final social gathering on Sunday evening brought everyone together for some supper and music. This was a relaxed and informal event, led by singers and musicians from both towns.