It’s Bonjour and fish and chips for Ilkley's French twin

From left, Jean-Paul Madelénat, of Coutances Twinning Committee, Astrid Lamy, Mayor Yves Lamy, Coun Mike Gibbons, Coun Andrew Walbank, Coun Heathcliffe Bowen and the twinning committee’s Judith Dunn

From left, Jean-Paul Madelénat, of Coutances Twinning Committee, Astrid Lamy, Mayor Yves Lamy, Coun Mike Gibbons, Coun Andrew Walbank, Coun Heathcliffe Bowen and the twinning committee’s Judith Dunn

First published in News

Rresidents and visitors may have wondered if Ilkley was seeing a second Norman conquest at the weekend.

The French tricolor floating above the Town Hall and other landmarks was there, however, to welcome a friendly delegation of 20 from Ilkley’s twin town of Coutances in Normandy.

Led by Yves Lamy, recently re-elected for a third six-year term as Mayor of Coutances, the group enjoyed a three-day stay.

They were met on arrival at Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club and were hosted by members of the Ilkley-Coutances Twinning Committee and Club Francophone, as well as by hospitable residents of Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale.

There was a fish-and-chip supper at Maypole Fisheries in Otley and a folk concert by the Duncan McFarlane acoustic trio at Otley RUFC.

Friday saw a civic reception at Ilkley Town Hall and a guided walk by Alex Cockshott, of Ilkley Civic Society, on the theme of “Taking the waters in Ilkley”.

This included White Wells and its spring – and benefited from beautiful spring weather.

Saturday was a day at leisure for exploring Ilkley and its surroundings before a spectacular evening at the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball in Bradford.

This was at the suggestion of Councillor Mike Gibbons and proved to be a stroke of genius, ending the visit on a high note.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree