A meeting to discuss the possibility of twinning Edzell with Sauze d’Oulx, in the north west of Italy, ended with great support for the proposal.
Councillor Bob Myles, who organised the meeting, had said he was disappointed that more people hadn’t turned up, but with an event on at the local school, it was to be expected.
However, all those in attendance at the meeting agreed it was a positive move for the area, and the next step now involves forming a committee to continue to process to twin with Sauze d’Olux in the north west of Italy.
Locals from both communities already have a familiarity with one another, with Sauze d’Oulx a popular skiing destination.
During the meeting, Mauro Meneguzzi, the Mayor of Sauze d’Oulx, explained he had been visiting the Edzell area for over 25 years during which he has enjoying the nature on offer, as well as fishing and shooting. He said: “Every time I come, I fall in love with Scotland more.
“The friendship and hospitality in Angus, and this area especially, is special.”
He estimated that around 300 people from the area had visited Edzell. He said: “The more we talk about, the more people are interested in it.”
He added: “It would be an honour to have a sign saying twinned with Edzell in Angus, Scotland.”
Both both Mr Meneguzzi and councillor Myles were keen to get their local schools involved with the twinning idea.
A video presentation was also played at the meeting, showcasing some of the stunning scenery at Sauze D’Oulx. Mr Meneguzzi stressed that it was not just a ski resort, but during the summer months visitors could come to fish, go mountain biking, horse riding and go on nature walks. Discussing the appeal of Edzell, he added: “There are so many beautiful glens close by. The nature and wildlife is a plus for us. There are loads of little things that for you is normal, maybe you don’t realise the beauty here.
“When I asked if there was interest the feedback was incredible.
Following the presentation, councillor Myles discussed the next steps. He said: “We still need to find out the more technical aspects of setting the twinning up. If there is enthusiasm here, we should get the ball rolling.”
He added: “We still want to keep the fun element that definitely seems prevalent.”
Anyone interested in being involved in the twinning process, should speak with Councillor Myles.