Cowes-Deauville Twinning Association

Posted by Admin on 9 July 2007, 12:00 am

When thirteen French visitors arrived in glorious sunshine at the Ryde Hovercraft terminal they were all given a warm welcome by their English hosts. Remarkably, they did not encounter any problems due to the hordes of revellers for the Island Pop Festival. After we had all exchanged hearty greetings (and much kissing of cheeks), our visitors were whisked off to spend the rest of the day with their English hosts.

A formal reception was held on Saturday morning at Northwood House, Cowes. The visitors were welcomed by the Association’s President, Mr John Isham, and by the new Mayor of the Cowes Town Council, Mr Geoff Banks with a response given on behalf the Visitors by Ms Sophie Moitie, Association de Jumelage, Deauville. All stressed their full support to strengthening the ties of friendship between our two towns through this Association.


1) Town Mayor, Mr G. Banks with Mr J. Isham, President of the Association and Ms S Moitie


2) Association President Mr J. Isham Welcoming  Ms. S. Moitie

The Cowes-Deauville Twinning Associations are appreciative of the cooperation and practical help of the Cowes Town Council in arranging this event at Northwood House.

After the reception the group retired to The Woodvale, Gurnard, for a delightful buffet lunch while enjoying the view from the veranda of the yachts sailing on the bay.

Later on that afternoon we were all surprised when the Red Arrows gave a display of their skills. Our guests were well impressed. That evening we gathered at Lugley’s Restaurant, Cowes, for an excellent dinner after which we were once again entertained, this time by a display of fireworks from across the Solent in Southampton!

Sunday morning, again lovely weather, we were all taken by coach to Arreton Manor for a private (and very entertaining ) tour of the house

3) Enjoying the Grounds of Arreton Manor

A pleasant lunch was taken at the Hare and Hounds. The afternoon was spent at the Arreton Barns craft centre which was strangely quiet, presumably due to the Pop Festival.

Sunday evening we all enjoyed sampling a potent punch produced by one of our members followed by a buffet. Having wined and dined, we then all got down to the serious game of skittles which was enjoyed by everyone….the level of entente cordiale was increased to new heights by the end of the evening!

Monday came around all too soon and it was once again time to say our fond farewells.
Luckily the weather remained warm and fine while once again the returning crowds from the Festival did not prove to be a hindrance to our guests. Reports from France confirmed a safe and pleasant return journey.

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