Members of the Bury St Edmunds Twinning Association visited friends in Compiegne on the 46th year of sharing experiences. Here Mayors Terry Buckle and Philippe Marini in Compiegne with Floriane Rouzic and Maria Crick.
Some 30 members visited families in the French town with some having friendships which go back over more than 20 years.
St Edmundsbury Mayor Cllr Terry Buckle and his wife Pam were on the visit and Cllr Buckle signed the civic register alongside Mayor of Compiegne Philippe Marini at a civic reception on the Saturday morning.
In the afternoon there was a visit to the armistice museum set in a woodland clearing where the Armistice was signned on November 11 1918.
On the Sunday twinners visited Auvers-sur-Oise, home to impressionist painters including Monet and Van Gogh.
Cllr Buckle said: “It was very difficult to find the words to thank our French hosts for such a lovely welcome. They treated us with such kindness and respect it was quite overwhelming. I think my wife and I have found ourselves a French twin and we look forward to continueing with the twinning, even after I am no longer Mayor.”
Twinning Association chairman Maria Crick said: “The opportunity to visit France as a guest of a family is an amazing experience.”
More information on joinning the town twinning association is available from Maria on 01449 736944 or email email@example.com|