Gar­den party cel­e­brates 15 years of friend­ship

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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

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