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The West Somerset Brass Band has recently returned from a music tour of the western region of Brittany, centred around Watchet's twin town of St. Renan. The Band and party, which included some members of the Watchet Twinning Society, was welcomed by the St. Renan Twinning Committee. The Band has been going to France every other year for the past thirty years. Of the four scheduled concerts only one had to be cancelled due to rain, which was a great disappointment as it was to be in the famous St. Renan market. A particular experience was the concert played in the city of Brest and notices in the area's newspaper confirmed its success.

The visit was part of the aims of the twinning societies in organising cultural, social, scholar and sports exchanges with their twin town and to encourage visits, meetings and stays. Every year they do alternate exchange visits, with the principle aim of encouraging language use in the host town.

The Band included young players who were able to attend mainly due to the very generous donation made by the Watchet Harbour Community Bookshop. Our efforts to promote our area was helped greatly by donations from Watchet Tourist Info. Centre and Somerset Community Foundation. Our thanks also goes to all those who contributed to our fund-raising efforts throughout the year making this show of musical talent possible and helping to promote Watchet and West Somerset to the district of Britttany.

The first photo shows, from left to right, Sophie Whitworth, Amber Lintern and Jasmin Dunn, next to the tour's conductor Peter Wilson. The second is a group photo after our last concert in Breles.