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Twinning links are flourishing

12:31 10 March 2014

Lyme Regis-Barfleur Twinning Association members  at their annual  meeting. Photo by Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis-Barfleur Twinning Association members at their annual meeting. Photo by Richard Horobin

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Lyme Regis strengthens its ties with the Normandy port of Barfleur and plans a visit in June

Links between Lyme Regis and its Normandy twin town of Barfleur are flourishing.

That was the message given to members of the West Dorset town’s twinning association, at its annual meeting.

Chairman John Dover highlighted events of the past year which included the official signing of the twinning charter on both sides of The Channel.

He told the well attended meeting in the Guildhall that the project was not just about twinning committees visiting their opposite numbers, but more about individuals, groups and organisations working together to bring about vibrant, interesting and self-sustaining activities and exchanges.

Highlights for the coming year are likely to include a visit by a party from Barfleur to the Fossil Festival in Lyme Regis.

A major event will be a trip to Barfleur by a Lyme Regis group on the weekend beginning June 20, following an invitation to join the Barfleurais as they mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of their town by The Allies.

Already ten members of the Lyme Regis association have said they will be going.

And just in time for the annual meeting the Barfleur association outlined the programme for June 21.

It will include a parade of military vehicles, a ceremony at the war memorial, a reception at the town hall and a liberation ball.

President of the Lyme Regis/Barfleur Twinning Association Sally Holman praised the efforts of the association and urged other groups in the town to take advantage of the link with Barfleur.

She said she knew that sailing and gig club members in the town were showing an interest.

Other events planned for this year include a spring lunch, with a French flavour, at the Hunters Lodge Inn, a barbecue on Bastille Day, July 14 and a French film or music night in the autumn.

Management committee members elected, or re-elected were chairman John Dover; secretary Mike Lewis; treasurer Sheila Poupard; press officer Richard Horobin; committee members, Rob Michael, Jan Dover; town council representatives, Rikey Austin and Chris Clipson.

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