A long weekend of celebrations to mark 50 years of friendship between Fareham and Vannes kicked off in style on Saturday with a superb concert by the Warsash Band.
Exchange visits between residents of Fareham and the town of Vannes in southern Brittany began in 1964, and the towns were formally twinned two years later. In the 50 years since then, thousands of people have benefited from the arrangement with sporting, cultural, professional and school exchanges.
The Warsash Band has regularly welcomed musicians from the Conservatoire de Musique in the Vannes to perform with them in Fareham. Its members have also enjoyed performing in Vannes on numerous return visits.
This made the band an obvious choice to entertain Twinning Association representatives from both towns with a French-themed concert. The audience, including the current Queen and Princess of Vannes in full traditional costume, enjoyed a wide variety of musical styles, with pieces such as An American in Paris, tunes from Les Miserables and the French Comedy overture.
The Warsash Band is looking forward to continuing its association with Vannes when it hosts visitors from the Conservatoire de Musique next year.