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