Hailsham street named after twin town

Hailsham Mayor Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor with French town Mayor Jean-Lou Pain
Hailsham Mayor Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor with French town Mayor Jean-Lou Pain
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A NEW street in Hailsham was named after twin town Gournay-en-Bray at a special ceremony held on May 13.

The Gournay Road sign was officially unveiled during a gathering presided over by the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, and the Mayor of Gournay-en-Bray, Mr Jean-Lou Pain.

Town Crier Cllr Geoff Rowe was also in attendance, along with local residents, French visitors and a strong contingent from both twinning associations.

The idea to name a street in Hailsham after its twin town was put forward in 2010 by the town council’s Twinning Anniversary Celebrations working group.

It recognises the strong, 10-year relationship between the two communities.

The Twinning Charter between the two towns was signed in Hailsham in October 2000 and Gournay-en-Bray in February 2001.

It was officially renewed in October 2010 and February 2011 respectively.

Hailsham & District Twinning Association chairman Keith Townsend said: “The town council, my fellow members and I thought it was a marvellous idea to name a road in Hailsham after our twin town.

“It’s a great honour to now see Gournay’s name officially on the map and to think that it represents the meaningful twinning efforts between both towns since the original signing of the Twinning Charter in 2000.

“I am justifiably proud of everything we have achieved together since then.”

Cllr Bentley-Astor, who unveiled the road name sign at the ceremony, said: “The success of the twinning between Hailsham and Gournay-en-Bray has been the result of both the unflagging community spirit and enthusiasm of people to learn more about each town’s cultural differences, languages and way of life.”

Gournay-en-Bray is a town of farming and light industry in the Pays de Bray, about 30 miles east of Rouen in Normandy.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Hailsham & District Twinning Association, contact John Puttick on 01323 441787 or Paul Simmons on

01323 845006 or log on to www.hailsham-gournay.org for details.