Twinners taste US history on tour of Virginia
A PARTY from Ashford completed a hectic tour of the Virginian 400th anniversary celebrations in the United States.
The group was hosted and based in Ashford’s American twin town of Hopewell.
Led by former mayor Norman Ayres, the visit included a tour of Jamestown on the day that President Bush visited.
They also visited Williamsburg and the state capital, Richmond, to tour the refurbished capitol building originally designed by Thomas Jefferson.
At the Virginia Historical Society they visited the exhibition created to show how the English, Spanish and French established colonies in the New World within a few years of each other in the early 1600s.
They were VIP guests at the anniversary celebrations in Hopewell – held on the Ashford Civic Plaza – when the Ashford and Hopewell mayors exchanged gifts to mark the friendship between the two towns.
At a farewell dinner, Friends of Hopewell chairman, Malcolm Eke, swapped gifts with Milton Martin, president of the Hopewell Twinning Association.
The Ashford group included John and Bridget Andrews, Mike and Judith Thomsett, Terry and Maureen Stock, Andy and Angie Alderton, Pat Flawn, Carol Brunger and Malcolm Eke.
Ashford’s Friends of Hopewell party at the start of the celebratory tour