Twin­ners taste US his­tory on tour of Vir­ginia

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ALBUM -

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

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