55 visitors from our twin village of Socx (Northern France) arrived in the village on Saturday 8th July. This was the biggest party we have entertained so far. On arrival, having met their hosts, they enjoyed a welcome drink and super refreshments in The Station. On Sunday, after spending the day with their hosts, everyone came together in the evening for a Jacob’s Join supper and dancing in a village garden, with music being provided by the Caton Folk Band. The younger children attended Caton Community Primary School on Monday and the older ones spent the day at Ripley whilst all the adults took a trip to Bowness on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway and Lakeside cruiser. Fortunately the wet weather faired up mid morning and so we enjoyed lovely views up the lake and our trip to see Treasure Island in Williamson’s Park went ahead as planned. However, it returned with a vengeance on Tuesday morning as everyone gathered to say farewell to our guests.
Once again, this proved to be a really enjoyable time for us all and not only gave us chance to renew old friendships but also to form new, both English and French, as some people in the village had never hosted before and it was a first visit for some of the French families. We look forward to what the people of Socx plan for us when we visit them next year!