Bude Is Twinned With ERGUE- GABERIC....a taster.......
By dawnrw | Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 20:26
How many times do you walk or drive past the ‘BUDE is
Bude by the Canal
twinned with ERGUE-GABERIC’ signs? (note the capitalization so I didn’t need
accents which my computer seems to ignore or which requires greater skill and
patience than I have).
As a youngster in Birmingham, we were twinned with Lyons,
and it seemed to involve people going on jollies across the Channel, but there is
more to twinning than having fun, such as sharing cultural links and developing
relationships and mutual understanding between two similar areas. I hadn’t a
clue where Ergue-Gaberic was but hazarded a guess that it sounded Breton.
Google proved me right so I emailed my friend in Brittany for the inside spec.
Her response was: “Don't know much about Ergue - Gaberic, except that it's close
to Quimper which is a very nice place to visit.” So, that puts it in Finisterre
(more avoidance of French spellings and those pesky accents). You can access
Ergue-Gaberic’s website which is, understandably, in French, but if you have
Google Chrome, you can obtain a translated version. That said, the translation
is very odd!
2011 is Bude’s turn to host the Ergue-Gaberic twinners
again. Anyone can join the Twinning Association if they live in Bude or
Stratton (generally an EX23 postcode) and visit the town in return for hosting
visitors to Bude. It is not too far from Roscoff, with a ferry handily
available from Plymouth, though it is known for rough crossings. Time to focus
on the positives. An article on twinning is coming soon….