While the Bath Christmas Market – which runs through to Sunday – continues to attract many hundreds of local residents and visitors from further afield , seems our Twinning colleagues in Bath’s twin city Aix en Provence in France are holding their own ‘Marche de Noel’ – Christmas Market – which includes stalls from their 13 partner cities.
As Marian McNeir, Chairman of the Bath – Aix Twinning Association told me : “ Sadly the changes in import and export regulations have meant that we could not take our usual £8000 worth of local Bath produce to Aix this year but our loyal colleagues , Isabel and Marie-Claude have mounted a Bath stall selling English tea and Christmas cakes.
As the photos show, they have made a great job of flying the flag for Bath !
Apparently many Aix visitors to the stall told them that they were disappointed not to see the Bath contingent and sad to miss out on the mince pies and marmalade and chutney and other Bath delicacies !
Mary Henderson , who has lead the Bath contingent in previous years , said she really hoped we would be back next year .
Meanwhile, the Aix stall opens on Friday at our Christmas market – it’s near Browns and the Guildhall car park and will be selling lovely Provencal products like lavender sachets and soaps, rosemary and wildflower honey, wild boar pate and rose wine from Aix.
It will run until 6 pm on Sunday.
Peter Davenport adds: “Batheaston is twinned with Oudon in the Loire valley and we took a stall at their Christmas market for the first time at the end of November, with art and crafts from our village.”