Briec de l'Odet is a lively and growing small town in glorious Finisterre, Brittany.
Nearby, and sharing in the twinning, are the villages of Edern, Langolen, Landrevarzec and Landudal. Together with Briec they form 'La Communauté de Communes du Pays Glazik'
Briec is a prosperous small town which has seen considerable change in recent years. Situated next to the Finistère expressway, and only 15 kilometres from the attractive and growing regional capital of Quimper, it has a number of industries. Some of these reflect old Breton traditions - in particular, the manufacture of 'Galettes', the famous biscuits. A waste disposal plant serving a large area generates income for the town. Like Rhuthun, it is a service centre for an agricultural area
Briec and the villages have excellent sports facilities, and a magnificent new Arts centre - the Arthémuse. Despite all the developments, the town centre has retained its character, based on the large square in front of the fine Breton-style church. The local area is famous for the many chapels and religious crosses.
Briec is especially famous in Brittany for the 'Bagad' - its large traditional band of high quality. The Bagad have recently opened magnificent new practice headquarters in the 'Place de Ruthin'. Their performances in Rhuthun itself have been memorable!!. From Landrevarzec, the traditional Gwen ha Du dancers also perform at the highest level.
The 'Pays Glazik' takes its name from the short blue jacket, part of the traditional men's costume of the region.
Rhuthun is an interesting and historical town situated in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd in North Wales. The nearby parishes of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Efenechtyd and Llanynys - which include the villages of Pwllglas and Rhewl, are also signatories to the Twinning Charter.
Rhuthun is an ancient market town with a detailed and interesting history. The town centre is very attractive and altogether there are over 14 listed buildings. Today it is a lively town, fully bilingual, with shops and services used by a large surrounding hinterland. It has one of the largest stock markets in Wales, and a number of small industries which reflect the agricultural setting. There are some hi-tec companies too, and some good niche shopping, especially for quality clothing. The map, left, shows the location of Rhuthun within North Wales.
Rhuthun is also the principle administrative centre for Denbighshire, and an educational centre for the surrounding area, having five schools and a nearby College of Agriculture.
Of course, being an attractive town set in the fine scenery of the Vale of Clwyd, it is also a popular place to live for people who work elsewhere - even Liverpool and Manchester are within daily commuting distance.
There is a lively range of community activities, sports and performing arts - too many to mention here - and some of these activities have become associated with the twinning.