The town of Taunton is twinned with Lisieux in Normandy and our boules team were asked to join with the official Civic party on a four day visit, in particular to play against the locals and also to join in the general festivities!
We played against teams strengthened with some ‘works entries’, to borrow a phrase from motor sport. We gave a good account of ourselves and the entente was tres cordiale, but there was no way we were going to win.
There was an official reception, a big Service of Remembrance and later a dinner with entertainment, as well as a splendid picnic in the grounds of a very beautiful chateau; we had a wonderful time!
We are full of admiration for the way our players acquitted themselves.
John Gaynor, Blagdon Village boules team captain