Weymouth and Portland officials say bonjour to twin town of Louviers

Dorset Echo: FRENCH FANCY: Former Chairman of the Weymouth Twinning Committee Ted Nicklen,  Chairman of the Weymouth Twinning Committee Cath Irving,  Chairman of the Louviers Twinning Committee Georges Veyrat,  Mayor of Louviers Franck Martin, Mayor of Weymouth & Port FRENCH FANCY: Former Chairman of the Weymouth Twinning Committee Ted Nicklen, Chairman of the Weymouth Twinning Committee Cath Irving, Chairman of the Louviers Twinning Committee Georges Veyrat, Mayor of Louviers Franck Martin, Mayor of Weymouth & Port

GUESTS were given a warm welcome as a union between two towns was celebrated.

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Margaret Leicester led a delegation to the borough’s twin town of Louviers in France.

Reminding town officials that the borough had ‘welcomed the world’ during the summer, she presented them with two commemorative pieces of glassware in the shape of a sail marking the 2012 Olympics . Copies of a Weymouth history book written by Weymouth & Portland-Louviers Society member Andy Hutchings were also handed over.

Coun Leicester, who received a hamper of Normandy food and drink from Louviers Mayor Franck Martin, said twinning was a positive way of keeping contact with other countries and cultures.

The presentations were made at the end of the twinning dinner at the civic hall in the Normandy twin town.

Coun Leicester said: “I found everybody extremely friendly, the food was lovely – if rather too plentiful – and I found the town a most interesting place.

“I particularly applaud the work being done to restore an old church in the town and to convert old cloisters by the river Eure into a music conservatoire. I met some really nice people from both sides of the English Channel.”

Town Crier of Langton Herring Doris Eastwood was thanked by Louviers Mayor Franck Martin for her good service as Honorary Town Crier of Louviers for 39 years. On the way to Louviers, the 34-strong delegation visited the First World War battlefields around the Somme and the cathedral city of Amiens. Weymouth and Portland has been twinned with Louviers since 1958.

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4:38pm Thu 20 Sep 12

bnaty12 says...

With all this talk of cutbacks, when are they going to stop this utter waste of resources, it is nothing more than a jolly for councillors and those involved. While your at it, get rid of the office of Mayor, there is no need in this day and age. Cut out all the rubbish we don't NEED! When I say we I mean the general public, not a few civil servants and their "chums"
With all this talk of cutbacks, when are they going to stop this utter waste of resources, it is nothing more than a jolly for councillors and those involved. While your at it, get rid of the office of Mayor, there is no need in this day and age. Cut out all the rubbish we don't NEED! When I say we I mean the general public, not a few civil servants and their "chums" bnaty12
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5:30pm Thu 20 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

Coun Leicester, received a hamper of Normandy food and drink.
I hope that he declares it on his tax return as 'benefits in kind', received during a jolly to Europe.
Coun Leicester, received a hamper of Normandy food and drink. I hope that he declares it on his tax return as 'benefits in kind', received during a jolly to Europe. lostnfound
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11:19am Fri 21 Sep 12

Duckorange says...

Repeat after me: Town Twinning officials pay their own way
Repeat after me: Town Twinning officials pay their own way Duckorange
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11:37am Fri 21 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

Duckorange
They don't claim their allowances while they are not available to act for the taxpayers of this town?
Duckorange They don't claim their allowances while they are not available to act for the taxpayers of this town? lostnfound
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