SOWERBY BRIDGE

Halifax Courier - - Local Life -

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.

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