20 years of French connection
Beaconsfield twinning group celebrates its partnership with Langres
THE BEACONSFIELD Twinning Association will be brushing up on their bonjours as they head to France to celebrate 20 years of partnership with Langres this weekend.
Signed in 1995, it marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the charter that links Beaconsfield with the French town.
Located in the Champagne-Ardenne region, in north eastern France, Langres has a rich and varied history, having been originally founded as the capital of the Gallic tribe the Lingones before Roman conquest.
Twinning association chairman Phillip Sheahan said the charter is important as it enables the creation of a cross cultural exchange of ideas, citing what he called a ‘cultural benefit’.
He said: “I think it’s the experience of meeting with people that you simply don’t get as a tourist. It’s the atmosphere and the warmth of the welcome, and the opportunity to to
go places.” He added: “Our main aim is to try and promote to young people and families our experience of in another culture.”
These trips are important, Mr Sheahan said, because it enables people to experience another way of life, as
life you’re being invited to participate in activities as a resident and not as a traveller on the tourist trail.
“There’s a lot of cultural exchange,” Mr Sheahan said. “It’s a very rich and rewarding experience.”
Mr Sheahan said he was looking forward to the trip, to experience the town as a ‘family member’.
“It’s always very good, and the hospitality is extremely warm and generous,” he said. “You meet people you haven’t seen for maybe a whole year. It’s like catching up with family really. It’s good.” Continuing he said: “You’re staying with people in their own homes so you are a guest and that atmosphere changes the dynamic of it.
“You’re mixing with people at a family level so you do really feel like part of the family.”