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Twinners celebrate five years of friendship
FIFTY five years of friendship was celebrated at a twin towns weekend across the Channel.
Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Ray Banham and Mayoress Pam Nixon led a three-day visit to the borough’s twin town of Louviers.
The area has been twinned with the Normandy market town since 1958 and a visit by Weymouth and Portland Louviers Society is arranged every year.
A party of 44 attended a mixture of official and family events. They were welcomed by Louviers’ First Deputy Mayor Roland Lienard at the twinning dinner, on behalf of Mayor Franck Martin.
Coun Banham praised the 55 years of friendship between the towns and looked forward to the link continuing for a long time.
He highlighted the refurbishment of the Louviers lamp standard, presented to Weymouth on the 30th anniversary of the twinning, which is on the corner of Westham Road and Frederick Place.
The evening ended with the traditional exchange of gifts as Coun Banham presented Mr Lienard with a framed picture and a silver yacht, engraved with Weymouth 2012 on the sail.
Coun Banham said there had been a ‘fantastic’ welcome, adding: “We enjoyed the lovely town centre and especially the very interesting Notre Dame church.”
Weymouth Twinning Chairman Cath Irving told the mayors: “It’s such a delight to be in Louviers again and we feel real members of your families – having watched your children grow.”
The society hopes more exchange visits for young people between Weymouth, Portland and Louviers.
Cath Irving added: “We’ve had a request for young people in Louviers to learn to sail on the tall ship Pelican.
“Seven young people between the ages of 16 and 25 are being offered this opportunity.”
Mr Lienard made a special presentation to Doris Eastwood, who has been the Honorary Town Crier of Louviers for 30 years.
The reciprocal visit of the Mayor of Louviers to Weymouth takes place next June.
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