Garden party celebrates 15 years of friendship
MEMBERS of Poynton Twinning Association enjoyed a garden party this weekend, celebrating their continued 15-year link with a Hungarian town.
Since 2003, Poynton has been twinned with the town of Erd in central Hungary.
The link was made after Hungarian emigré Gabor Bartos, who moved to Cheshire in 1978 and has since served as Poynton’s mayor twice, had the idea of forging ties between the towns.
Erd is a rural town in the Budapest Metropolitan area.
Roughly the same size as Poynton, it boasts attractions such as the Hungarian Geographical Museum and the popular Szuret Grape Harvest Festival.
Macclesfield MP David Rutley and Coun Rebecca Horsman-Johnson, Mayor of Poynton, both attended the garden party as guests of the Association.
Mr Rutley said: “It is great to see the Association still going strong after 12 years.
“The twinning with Erd has been a very positive development for Poynton, and I am looking forward to seeing what further ventures the Association plan to take forward. I wish them every success in the years ahead.”
The Association aims to strengthen friendships between the two communities, promote education, sport, culture and tourism for both areas, and to encourage respect for both nation’s culture and traditions.
Since it was founded in 2003, the group has seen a number of cultural exchanges, involving young people, dancers, singers and musicians.
They have also been involved in arranging visits to Hungary for Poynton residents, including a trip for the town’s Air Training Corps in 2012.
The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss current projects and explore new opportunities to connect with Erd.
●● Macclesfield MP David Rutley (second left) at Poynton Twinning Association’s garden party, with Coun Rebecca HorsmanJohnson, Mayor of Poynton (centre) and other guests
●● Former mayor of Poynton, Gabor Bartos