Town to twin in France

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

POYN­TON is to forge a new twin­ning agree­ment with a town in France a cen­tury af­ter help­ing it re­build af­ter the First World War.

The Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion of Poyn­ton, which is al­ready con­nected to Erd in Hun­gary, is in the fi­nal dis­cus­sions to team up with Haybes which is in the Ar­dennes re­gion in the north of the coun­try.

The twin­ning, which aims to build friend­ships be­tween in­di­vid­u­als, groups and the coun­cil, is the re­sult of re­la­tion­ships forged 102 years ago when peo­ple in Poyn­ton do­nated money to help re­build Haybes af­ter it was de­stroyed by fire and bombs in the First World War.

Ear­lier this month a group of seven mem­bers from Poyn­ton’s twin­ning group vis­ited Haybes, see­ing the town’s schools and col­lege, leisure cen­tre, camp­ing site on the banks of the Meuse, char­cu­terie fac­tory and alu­minium fac­tory.

Glenys Parry-Jones, the as­so­ci­a­tion’s sec­re­tary, said: “Our wel­come was very warm and gen­er­ous. We were met at the air­port by the Mayor, Benoît Son­net, and he ac­com­pa­nied us on all the ex­cur­sions and for all the meals.

“They were ex­tremely hos­pitable, pro­vid­ing gas­tro­nomic de­lights and an in­ter­est­ing few days vis­it­ing the area.”

A pre-twin­ning agree­ment was signed and it is hoped it will be rat­i­fied soon by Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil.

A Haybes del­e­ga­tion is plan­ning to visit Poyn­ton later this year.

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