Warm welcome for some old friends
ASHFORD Twinning Association has hosted another hectic but highly successful visit from the French friendship town of Fougeres in Brittany.
From the moment they arrived to be welcomed to the borough at Willesborough Windmill by Mayor Rita Hawes, long-standing links were rekindled, some stretching back almost three decades, and new friendships were forged. After Ashford club chairman Gillian Lines had greeted them in French, Fougeres group president Jacqueline Pele, one of the pioneers of the twinning link, spoke passionately about the friendship and joy of being back in Ashford.
She said: “Two years ago we were here at the time of the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi barbarity. Then I recalled the main reasons for our profound attachment to the British people.
“Apart from that you have been coming to Fougeres regularly for the last 20 years so the bonds have developed between members of our two clubs.
“That is why this morning, as always when we sail into Dover and see the White Cliffs, we know we will soon be in a town in the Garden of England that we get more and more attached to every time we visit and know that time spent with you will be rich in warmth and friendship.”
The party of 25, who arrived last Thursday, all stayed in members’ homes across the district.
On Friday they visited Leeds Castle. Hosts took their guests to many places of interest. They gathered on Saturday night in Great Chart village hall for a meal and barn dance before the guests headed home on Sunday.
Mayor-elect Rita Hawes welcomes French twin-town guests at Willesborough Windmill