Stowmarket celebrates 40 years of twinning with Verneuil-Sue-Avre
Facilitators of Stowmarket’s town twinning have vowed to never allow politics to blight four decades of friendships.
Visitors from Verneuil-Sue-Avre in France joined contacts in Suffolk over Easter weekend to celebrate 40 years of a link.
Marilyn Finbow is now chairman of Stowmarket Twinning Association having been part of the group when it established in 1979.
She said: “It is a very proud moment. The group is as strong as it has ever been.”
Forty made the trip from the Normandy town for the events, which started with a reception at the Museum of East Anglian Life before a restaurant dinner and visit to Hampton Court.
The French group was joined by dozens of Stowmarket locals.
Town twinning connects families from one country with another, with an exchange visit organised every Easter.
Links began with Verneuil-Sue-Avre through exchanges organised by Stowmarket Middle and High School.
Ms Finbow said: “So many friendships have been made over the years.
“There may be differences of opinion over Brexit but I have always stated politics does not come into it. It will never affect our relationship.”