Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Celebration to mark 40 years of twinning

THE 40th anniversary of Henley being twinning with Falaise was celebrated over the bank holiday weekend.

THE 40th anniversary of Henley being twinning with Falaise was celebrated over the bank holiday weekend.

About 45 people from the Normandy town visited and stayed with host families.

They included Falaise’s Deputy Mayor Maurice Ruau and Serge Loock, chairman of the Falaise Henley Twinning Association.

The visit was arranged to coincide with the eighth annual Henley Arts Trail and many of the guests viewed work on display at various venues. Ninety people attended a barn dance held at the Eyot Centre on Saturday night and a reception was held at the town hall on Sunday, where guests raised a glass to the next 40 years of the association.

Photographs from previous visits were on display alongside gifts presented to Henley over the years.

The hosts presented the visitors with a calligraphy commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the twinning charter.

A collaborative painting, which more than 100 people have contributed to, will be presented when runners from Falaise return for the Henley half marathon in October.

The visitors presented Henley with a hamper of produce from northern France, including Camembert, cider and Calvados, a type of apple brandy.

Edward Sandars, chairman of the Henley Falaise Twinning Association, said: “I think the weekend was very successful and very popular with the French people. They particularly liked the barn dance and were very pleased that the twinning has lasted 40 years. We are now looking forward to the next 40.”

Judith Young, of Elizabeth Road, Henley, was secretary for the association for 18 years and has visited Falaise with both her daughter and her grandchildren.

She said: “I think the French side is more active then here as we are a small organisation but we are all very keen on French.

“I like going to stay with a family rather than at a hotel as you become part of the family.”

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