In May 1992 the first group from Briec visited Rhuthun - and we hope the warmth of our welcome matched that shown by our new Breton friends. it must have - because we were immediately invited back to Briec later in the year. This was a short visit and most of the time was spent exploring Rhuthun and enjoying time with the hosts. The main social event was a dinner at the Rugby Club when the visitors were welcomed by the then Mayor, Cllr Robin Llwyd ab Owain. This replaced that year’s Civic Ball and included a performance of Welsh songs by the excellent Côr Rhuthun..
During the medieval banquet at the Castle, Alain Kérouédan was crowned as the baron!
Rhuthun and Briec dined together at the Anchor, and small groups of Bretons enjoyed time with their Rhuthun hosts. Other pictures are from Llyn Brenig and Glasdir Auction Mart.
This was the first 'official' visit by the people of Briec/Pays Glazik to Rhuthun. The centrepiece of the visit was the medieval banquet at Ruthin Castle, at which the Twinning Charters were signed and various gifts exchanged.
After a welcoming meal in Ye Olde Anchor Inn, our guests were entertained by a display from the Ruthin Majorettes at the Craft Centre, a visit to Pendref, the oldest Chapel in Rhuthun, and a tour of the Glasdir livestock market. This was followed by a visit to Stryd Fawr - a farm which, unusually, raises deer.
There was an opportunity to enjoy more fresh air at Llyn Brenig, where there was also a chance to enjoy the exhibition on the mechanics of water supply and the local ecology.
There was, of course, time to be at leisure with host families and develop friendships - many now firmly established. .
A warm send-off from the Anchor brought the stay to a celebratory end.
The visit of the Briecois in 1994 was remarkable in that - although we didn't know it at the time - this was to be the start of the great Ruthin Festival - the town's annual music extravaganza. See: www.ruthinfestival.co.uk We were treated to a visit from the two brilliant groups from the Pays Glazik - the bagad of Briec, one of the very best traditional Breton bands, and Gwen ha Du, the superb folk dance group from Landrevarzec.
St. Peter's Square was closed to traffic for a day and the public if Rhuthun were introduced to the twinning with a musical extravaganza. Many of them joined in with the Breton dances.
It was an occasion to celebrate Welsh culture too, with , among others, Côr Rhuthun and young folk dancers from Mold.
The Celtic bond was very much in evidence, and Alain Kerouedan was interviewed for Radio Cymru on this theme.
The River City Jazzmen and the Ruthin Majorettes figured among other performers, and there were, of course, other social gatherings, not least a great party night in the Rugby Club
Cllr Robin LLwyd ab Owain Cor Rhuthun