The ceremonies for the twinning between Barga and East Lothian Scotland which started officially this morning in Barga Vecchia carried on this afternoon and well into the evening with a concert by the choir from Prestonpans at the Villa moorings Hotel
Also this evening in The Villa moorings in the presence of the artist John Bellany, long time friend Sandy Moffat formerly Dean of Glasgow College of Art, Alex Mosson, ex Lord Provost of Glasgow, and Pat O’Brien OBE the Provost of East Lothian, was the first screening of the documentary film “My Journey” shot here in Barga during August of last year featuring Daniela Nardini and her thoughts and musings on returning to the birthplace of her family.
Heres a flavour of the day written by the participants themselves on the Longniddry Primary School blog
I thought today was amaazing. I really enjoyed walking along with the banners and the feeling was amazing when we sang. Becca
As we walked up the streets we thought our arms were going to fall off because of the banners weight. After the parade we did the highland fling to the pipes and the drum. Also I (Anna) danced with an old Italian soldier*. We did the waltz. Brogan & Anna
Today was the main day and I had a great time piping. I feel like a celebrity because of all the pictures! Caitlain
Today was really enjoyable _ getting up and full of adrenilin. It was a great feeling meeting the Mayor of Barga and John Bellany. Ross
Carrying the banners through the streets of Barga was amazing.!!! then when we danced with the guys with the accordians*, it was just fab! Megan
I was so nrvous during the ceremony because I had to give the mayor and John Bellany a brochure for the Three Harbours festival. I didnt realise I had to make a speech so when I handed the brochure over I just said the first thing that came into my head! Julia
When I was watching the ceremony of the twinning I had to stand for ages but it was worth it. Louise
Hi everyone! Today we were parading through the town of Barga. It was tiring but fun. See you soon. Eilidh
Hi everyone its Isla. I was in a giant parade. It was brilliant but it was tiring. I am having a great time. My favourite part was meeting Pat OBrien and Mayor Sereni. Isla
Hi guys. We hope you saw the celebration. We enjoyed being part of it and I hope you enjoy watching it. Fraser
My favourite part of the celebration was singing and performing in front of the crowds. I hope other people liked it too. Ciaran
I enjoyed singing on th spot because everyone seemed to be silent and stop what ever they were doing just to watch us. They seemed to enjoy it very much.
After the official performance in front of the mayor and invited guests, we gathered at a very enjoyable Italian restaurant . Despite a very long wait for our food , it was worth it.
Joining us at the restaurant was a group of kind American tourists from Oregan for whom we performed a private concert. The concert turned in to a public display in the squarte for the whole of Barga. Everyone loved us! When we left Caitlins bagpipes and Rosss drums boomed through the streets of Barga as we paraded to the next square. Andrew, Gerard, Maia, Louise & Robbie.
Staff comment a very surreal but magical experience.
Our students are doing us and East Lothian proud – amazing ambassadors!
* those images can be found here
Click below to hear the choir singing outside the Villa Moorings this evening