St Ives’ oldest twinning partner – a commune in Finistére, Brittany
The connection between St Ives and Camaret-sur-Mer began in 1982.
Camaret-sur-Mer (Breton: Kameled) is a commune in the Finistère department in northwestern France. The commune of Camaret-sur-Mer has 2,543 inhabitants, it is located in the far west of the Crozon peninsula in the heart of the Iroise Marine Park and the Armorica Regional Natural Park. Camaret-sur-Mer appeals to nature lovers as well as heritage and art enthusiasts. This maritime and artistic city cultivates a strong identity, carried by its population and its visitors. Camaret-sur-Mer is part of the Community of municipalities of the peninsula of Crozon and Aulne Maritime, which brings together 10 municipalities.
Short films to mark the visit:
A SALTY SLICE OF St IVES – SUR LA MER AVEC NOS AMIS de CAMARET-SUR-MER
A WELCOME SLICE OF St IVES FOR OUR GUESTS FROM CAMARET-SUR-MER, BRITTANY
Surf links were also forged as part of twinning between St Ives and Camaret Sur Mer. See the story as reported in the french press, with a rough translation – ‘During their visit last September to St. Ives, the twinning committee from Camaret met the dynamic Tassy Swallow, 20, surfing champion of the British federation ” Surfing GB ” and 19th in the world rankings. She runs a women’s surf school in St Ives, all year round.’
Following these contacts, Tassy and four of her young students were invited to stay at Camaret by families , including exchanges with the local surf school Moby Dick , which sits at the entrance to the city. The young Cornish stayed for a week. “This is the second time I’ve been in Britanny. The first time was during a school exchange in the center of Britanny, but here in Camaret is much better, I can go surfing” reflects young Charley 12. Other young students of Saint Ives are : Hetty , 13, Sabrina , 12, and Faith , 9 .