Pedallers cy­cle 140 miles for French ‘twin’ link-up

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

A TOWN cel­e­brated the first an­niver­sary of its lat­est twin­ning project with a cy­cling trip to meet their French friends.

Poyn­ton set up a link with the French town of Haybes be­cause of re­la­tion­ships forged a cen­tury ago when peo­ple in Poyn­ton do­nated money to help re­build Haybes af­ter it was de­stroyed by fire and bombs in the First World War.

To mark the first birth­day of their part­ner­ship cy­clists, dubbed the Poyn­ton Pedallers, cy­cled 140 miles from Paris to Haybes, via Sois­sons, Reims and Charleville de Mezieres.

The four-strong group in­cluded town coun­cil­lors Mike Bean­land and Howard Mur­ray, for­mer town clerk Mal­colm Adams and the Rev Rob McLaren, vicar of St Ge­orge’s Church.

Mr Adams said: “The group got a guided tour of Haybes, an of­fi­cial re­cep­tion and din­ner, and beer tast­ing at the town’s mi­cro-brew­ery.

“The Pedallers cy­cled with bik­ing en­thu­si­asts along the River Meuse and into nearby Bel­gium, be­fore en­joy­ing some moun­tain bik­ing.”

Last week the Twin­ning As­so­ci­a­tion of Poyn­ton cel­e­brated the an­niver­sary with a din­ner at Il Borgo An­tico.

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