60th Anniversary in 2019 – Join Us And Boost Your Business


Gosport & Royan were twinned in 1959.

What is the purpose of twinning towns?

The modern concept of town twinning, conceived after the Second World War in 1947, was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former allies and foes as an act of peace and reconciliation, and to encourage trade and tourism.

In 2019 we are celebrating 60 Years of Twinning and the people of Royan are visiting.

We need local businesses and traders who want to be a part of this auspicious occasion to help us raise money to give them a really big welcome and great time when the visit.

Not only will it be a great time to advertise your business, and get local people as well as French recognition of your business, but we also need businesses who want to be a part of the celebrations next year with sponsorship and branded goods to advertise the visit.

When the Royan team visit they will need accommodation, hosting, ferrying, support and befriending by individuals, families and businesses alike. We will have press coverage and the local TV stations will be invited to attend our activities.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get noticed locally as well as internationally.

You can advertise on our website from only £20 per month with a discount if paid annually up front PLUS a Special Offer of 50% Off For The First 20 Advertisers!

The site is run by Lets Talk Social Media and can be contacted on 0207 097 1434 or by email at lee@letstalksocialmedia.co for more details.

Lyliane Isendick-Malterre ‎repoted;
27 May 2018
Gosport and Royan Twinning visit
Tasting Oysters in a cabane hut between friends of Gosport and Royan. For some guests it was a first tasting!

Diane Furlong “I did it! Six of the best!”

With Diane Furlong, Richard Dixon, Stephen PhilpottWayne RonayneGérard Filoche… how hard it is to leave after these wonderful days spent together celebrating the Franco-English friendship. Around an excellent meal, however, it is easier. We have eaten well, many sung…. thank you friends and live 2019!

At The End Of A Year Of Change

The Gosport & Royan Twinning Committee are no longer part funded by Gosport Council and have now set up their own governance and committee with more community involvement.

New opportunities for local advertising now exist on the launch of our new website. Contact twinning@letstalksocialmedia.co

As Deputy Mayor of Gosport, one of my duties is to chair the Gosport and Royan Twinning Committee.  One of my first duties was to host the Deputy Mayor of Royan last year and for us to parade together to the Falklands Memorial with the many veterans who attended the parade.  It was a memorable and poignant occasion.

As I enjoy visiting France, this year has been a pleasure for me to join in and help drive things forward, but this week saw my last Committee as Chairperson.  It has been a year of change, with a new Secretary and Treasurer, Mr Richard Dixie Dickson, who volunteered to take on both roles.  For that I would like to extend my grateful thanks for a job well done and he has certainly made my task easier.  Dixie has liaised with his counterpart, Arlette, in Royan and arranged the accommodation exchange hosts and details and I know that those of us visiting France this year will have a great time.  My grateful thanks Dixie.

I have enjoyed the experiences so far so much that I intend to remain as part of the Twinning group for the future and look forward to our 60th Twinning next year which will be in Gosport.  If anyone reads this and is interested in taking part, hosting, helping raise funds or by having an advertisement on our website please contact us using the details provided.

Meanwhile I look forward to visiting our Royan twins at the end of May to promote the continued friendship between our two towns.

A bientot

Diane Furlong

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