This week our meeting welcomed Councillor John Hardy whose talk was entitled Twin Links. At the end of World War II a process of repatriation began between England and Germany. Towns in England were twinned with those in Germany and also in other countries. Halifax was twinned with Aachen in 1949. As part of his mayoral year Coun Hardy visited Aachen for the Charlemagne festival which has been held since 2003 in honour of Charlemagne who died in January 814. Coun Hardy was wined and dined and was very impressed by the efficient way the festival was run. A visit to the cathedral included a full pontifical mass in German followed by a huge procession. The market square was filled with stalls from many countries. Coun Hardy’s talk elicited many questions from members. A vote of thanks was given by Colin Watson. Our next meeting at St Patrick’s Church Hall, Upper Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge will be held at 10am Wednesday, September 9 with Ken Robertshaw’s talk Mississippi. New members welcome.