The City of Largo is in Pinellas County, west central Florida, USA. This week back in 1971 the mayor of Largo City came to visit the namesake village in Fife. After writing to Councillor Joseph Grassick for a couple of years, Mayor T.S. Madson and his wife Emilie made the visit to Lower Largo whist on holiday in Edinburgh. On 3 July, a 'meet the mayor' event took place in the Durham Hall.
The above photograph shows from left to right: Ruby Smith; Tommy Gillies; Emilie Madson; Neil Ballingall; Mayor Madson; Carol Fleming; Joe Grassick; Elizabeth Grassick and James Gillies.
Among the greeting party was Largo's oldest inhabitant, Tommy Gillies, aged 92, who presented the visiting couple with a gift. Several other locals also handed over gifts - Mrs Ruby Smith gifted locally-made pottery and Carol Fleming presented a bracelet, while 9-year-old Neil Ballingall gave a pair of linen tea towels featuring a Robinson Crusoe design. Mayor Madson commented: "I never anticipated a welcome like this. The people have been so friendly and warm", adding "The town is so beautiful and historic, it's really impressive. It has so much character and has been established over hundreds of years.".