Photo from the Canadian signing the guest book at Comrie, Scotland
Yesterday Joyce Tennant who I have known since I moved here in 1981 gave me some great history books and some clippings. I was honoured beyond belief and can;t wait to share them all with you.
As you know, since August 1, 1992, Comrie, Scotland is Carleton Place’s twin city and Joyce was one of a group of 24 folks, 9 who were local toured Scotland and Ireland in the fall of 1994. Joyce was a member of the Carleton Place twinning committee when Orm Giles put her on. She admitted none of them knew what they were doing Joyce and the other members: Tom Campbell, Donald McEwen, Michel Brykert, David Flegg and Mary Stanfield tried to connect the two communities through correspondence and visits.
The group pictured outside the Comrie and Strowan Parish Church- Photo from The Canadian
Joyce remembers that when the coach arrived at Comrie, six members of the Comrie Pipe and Drum Band met the Canadians at the edge of town. All of the visitors marched behind the band into the town of Comrie which only had a population of 2,000. Along with Joyce the other local travellers weer: Patsy Splane, Eleanor Henderson, Bill Doherty, Doris Blackburn, Rev. Bob and Nancy Hill, Clara Hemphill and Keith and Irene Brunton.