A TRICOLOUR has been flying above Chepstow Ttown Ccouncil’s gatehouse in celebration of its exchange with French visitors, which finished last week.

The twinning between Chepstow and the French town of Cormeilles started in 1975 and about 40 people took part in the visit this year.

The Welsh members took their French counterparts on a trip to Brecon and its military museum and its mountain railway. They also shared a hog roast in Mathern and a barn dance in the town’s Drill Hall on Sunday.

There was also a screening of the film The Well-Digger’s Daughter – La Fille du Pauisatier – in the Drill Hall.

Welsh members will be invited to visit Cormeilles next year.

One of the members of the twinning associationgroup and former chairwoman, Sheila Trott, said: “It all went very well. It is a shame they went just as the weather changed. They all enjoyed it and it does go well.”

On the town’s tourist office website, Cormeilles is described as a “quiet place which promises you fun, conviviality and absolute relaxation”.”

The twinning was started by Chepstow’s Reverend Barrie Evans and the Normandy town’s Father Eugene Meron after they got to know each other in the early 1970s.