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A PENSIONERS’ social group has just bid goodbye to visitors from the Lower Normandy region of Caen.

Portsmouth University of the Third Age (Portsmouth U3A) hosted 16 members from Caen Universite d’Inter-Age and treated them to Portsmouth’s history and culture.

Aileen Loughran, chairwoman of Portsmouth U3A, said: ‘We spent a day in the Historic Dockyard and were made welcome at lunchtime at the Boathouse restaurant who served tasty food.

‘Kitsch n’Dor restaurant and the Queen’s Hotel also made us very welcome for meals.

‘Other evenings were spent wining and dining with much hilarity with the aid of dictionaries.’

She added: ‘On their last day several visitors walked along the seafront with us, but were not too impressed by Henry VIII’s Southsea Castle – they were perhaps expecting something like Porchester Castle where we had taken them on their previous visit!

‘However they were very impressed with the hospitality shown to them by Portsmouth people.’