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“Cornish village” to be included in French festival

By WBEsme  |  Posted: February 23, 2014

Coming together: representatives from the French Douarnenez Wooden Boat Festival and members of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth.

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Organisers of French sailing festival have arrived in Falmouth to discuss the inclusion of a “Cornish village” at their next event.

A group of representatives from the Douarnenez Wooden Boat Festival in Brittany met with the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth yesterday to plan a Cornish section at July’s event.

Cornwall will be the guest nation at the 18th Douarnenez festival which is held every two years.

The “Cornish village” will show off the best of the county’s traditional skills and offer visitors a taste of the Duchy through pasties and cream teas.

A festival spokesman said: “Douarnenez is the centre of the French traditional boat revival and its festival has become a prized rendez-vous for the international maritime community.

“Inviting Cornwall is for us a way of strengthening and developing the historical, maritime and cultural links existing between our two regions.”

The Douarnenez festival is a highlight in the wooden boat calendar, and in 2012 attracted 1,000 boats, 400 artists and more than 100,000 visitors.

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