A park in France has been named after Polegate in recognition of the bond between the town and its twinned partner Saintry sur Seine.
Polegate Twinning Association (PTA) spent five days in the French town and on one of the days a re-naming service of the town’s park took place - transforming it into Parc Polegate.
Chairman of the PTA, Joe O’Riordan, thanked the mayor of Saintry sur Seine Twinning Association and the residents of the town for the unique honour.
He said: “That small piece of France will now be forever Polegate.
“Following the civic reception a wreath was laid at their war memorial on behalf of the Polegate Branch of the Royal British Legion commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War, in memory of the French men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“It was an emotional ceremony appreciated by all that attended, which included French veterans and residents of Saintry sur Seine.”
The association said the hosts ‘ensured a wonderful time’ with a well organised itinerary to different attractions and events each day.
Members visited a museum of traditional fun fair equipment, a city tour of Paris including a boat trip on the River Seine, a visit to Fontainebleau and the museums in Reau.
Cllr O’Riordan continued: “The Saintry sur Seine mayor, Mme Martine Cartau-Oury, welcomed us at a council reception in the town hall, presenting the PTA with a Ginkgo Biloba tree.
“Polegate mayor, Cllr Michael Clewett, replied by making a presentation of an engraved crystal bowl.
“We were then taken to the rear of the council offices where to the absolute surprise of the PTA a re-naming service of their local park took place, to become the Parc Polegate.
“Twinning offers the opportunity to mix with fellow Europeans by staying in their homes, all who take part agree it creates wonderful camaraderie.”
If you are interested in learning more you can contact the association on 01323 486021.