PUPILS from Ashbourne's French partner town, Soisy-sur-Seine, have been enjoying some time learning about the area's people and customs.
The steering group behind the friendship agreement that links Soisy-sur-Seine with Ashbourne welcomed 26, year 10 pupils from the town's secondary school, College de l'Ermitage, as they spent a day in the town.
During their visit, the children, who were staying at Ilam Hall Youth Hostel, also visited Bakewell, Tutbury Castle and Derby.
In Ashbourne, they were invited to the council chamber in the town hall where Shrovetide historian Tim Baker explained our traditional game and they were treated to a look round Ashbourne's Heritage Centre in Church Street.
Since its formulation, by a small group of town councillors in 2011, the friendship with Soisy-sur-Seine has gone from strength to strength and an independent committee is now in place to progress the link and ensure it benefits more people in Ashbourne.
Sports groups, school children and individuals have already explored the link.
Ashbourne Singers are due to head over to France in June for a concert and currently the committee is appealing for help in hosting a student who is looking for work during the summer holidays.
A directory has been produced for the townsfolk in Soisy-sur-Seine, with the help of Ashbourne Business Centre, which helps families plan trips and approach groups and individuals in the town.
The committee is also appealing for volunteers as it presses ahead with plans to forge stronger links between the two towns.
To find out more about the opportunities to host students, families, make trips out to Soisy-sur-Seine or for more information on becoming a member of the committee, call Phil Chell on 07968 258343.