SPECIAL guests were treated to a boat trip and a roast dinner in The Witterings last weekend.
The village is twinned with Moutiers-les-Maufaits in France, and 40 French people came for a visit. There was a tour of Chichester and a visit to the Festival of Flowers.
On Friday, the French visitors and 18 skippers went out to sea from Chichester Marina in 12 boats, some flying the French tricolore flag.
The visitors enjoyed an English meal in Birdham Village Hall and danced to the five-piece Regis Band led by Frank Wattis.
The next day they visited the Weald and Downland Museum and also had tours of East Wittering and East Head by Lisa Trowson of the National Trust.
An evening meal for 90 people was held at The Old House at Home pub in West Wittering, where landlord Ian Parker and his wife Celia provided a traditional roast beef supper and several of the French visitors said it was the best meal they’d had in England.
This visit marked the retirement of the founder of the Twinning Association, Geoff Muffett, and his wife, Sue, who had been the secretary. Geoff was presented with a medal by the mayor of Moutiers-les-Maufaits.
The new chairman is Dermot Wright and the secretary is Mireille McGinn. The next twinning trip will be a visit to France, which is open to residents of the Witterings and surrounding villages.