During the August bank holiday this year around 30 residents of Raglan and surrounding villages paid our first official visit to Parcé sur Sarthe. We had all heard about how beautiful the village is and how friendly the residents are but we were all surprised by how enjoyable the weekend turned out to be.
Even official business does not remain too serious for long when Jacques Estival, Mayor of Parcé, is on stage. And so, after 4 years of "courtship" the two villages "were married" at a civil ceremony outside the town hall. Richard Moorby from Raglan Community Council added his signature to each copy of the twinning contract, one of which will be on display in various locations in the village over the coming months.
Both communities were honored to have Mme Penolope Fillon as official patron of the twinning. Penelope is the wife of the immediate past French Prime Minister, François Fillon, she now lives just outside Parcé but is from Llanover, Abergavenny and used to buy her snacks in Raglan on her way to Monmouth where she went to school.