French trip celebrates 30 twinning years

a GROUP of 11 members of Todmorden Town Twinning Association travelled to Roncq in France to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the charter linking the two towns.

The party from Todmorden was welcomed by members of the Roncq group and spent the first evening of the trip with their host families.

The next day featured a screening of the film ‘Made in Dagenham’, with subtitles in French, followed by drinks.

Members found it very enjoyable.

The Roncq brass band commenced proceedings on the official ceremonies day.

The Mayor of Roncq, Vincent Ledouc; Todmorden town councillor Richard White and his wife Rev Sandy White; members of both twinning associations, host families and local people all marched through the town to the cemetery and the cenetaph for a moving remembrance service.

This was followed by a photographic and memorabilia exhibition in the local hall. Lots of members chuckled as they found their images with different coloured hair and different physiques among the 30 years’ worth of photographs.

After the official speeches, Coun White answered questions on nuclear power, changes in society in England in the last ten years, his life as Mayor and other subjects.

The Roncq Mayor was particularly interested in the details of Incredible Edible.

A meal was held later in the day featuring a cascade of cakes made specially for the occasion and illuminated with Roman candles.

Before returning to Todmorden, a local primary school prepared breakfast and sang songs, followed by the antics of a big booted, red nosed clown from Halifax who had all the children screeching “It’s behind you”.

The French twinners will visit Todmorden in November. TTTA is hoping to provide an equally interesting and special celebration.

If you would like to be part of the visit, contact secretary Jill Bartram on 01706 815670 or any member of the committee.