Ammanford Twinning Association has celebrated a landmark anniversary by visiting their French friends.

The group, which consisted of 20 adults and 10 children, visited Bruillet, 40 km south of Paris, for a long weekend in April to celebrate 20 year anniversary of the assoaiton.

To mark the occasion a new charter was signed to continue the friendship by the Mayor of Breuillet Bernard Sprotti, the Présidente of the Association Mme Carol Keleher, Marian Morris chairperson of Ammanford Twinning and Roger Phillips founder member of the Association.

Since 1997, visits and exchanges have been organised involving schools, choir and various groups from both towns, such as the Ramblers.

Many fundraising activities take place all year round for the whole community such as murder evening or strawberry tea and barbecue days.

The recent trip was dedicated to the memory of the late Miriam Philips who died suddenly last year and was a founder member, chairperson of the Association and long service Town Clerk of Ammanford.

Chairperson of the Association Marian Morris said: “Over the years there have been many interesting and enjoyable visits to Breuillet and the surrounding areas close to Paris.

“This time, we were entertained in true French style with a dinner dance and lively entertainment at the Town Hall on the Saturday evening.

Followed by Welsh folk entertainment by a small group of talented dancers Ava Walters, Sion Davies, Iestyn Davies, Noah, Sam and Daniel Potter from Adran Penrhyd who accompanied us with Jennifer Moloney, Claire Potter, Ffion Davies, Rhian Davies and Beth Walters. We thank them for their contribution to the Association.

“On the Monday, we visited Eastern Paris with a lovely meal in a restaurant near Canal St. Martin, followed by a long relaxing canal journey to view the sights to re-join the Seine in Central Paris.”

Through the organisation many children and young people have participated in several educational and sporting exchanges.

The aim of the association is to bring people together for greater cultural understanding and to contribute to the well–being of our communities.

In the future, the group hope to hold several community events and we hope local people will come along to support the association.