Special guest visits Hailsham

Deputy Mayor of French town visits Hailsham
Deputy Mayor of French town visits Hailsham

The Deputy Mayor of Hailsham’s twinned French town Gournay en Bray visited at the weekend.

The visit started at Hailsham Market, Vicarage Field, and on to the shops to buy 25 Christmas puddings to sell at a fundraising event in France.

Next was lunch at Wetherspoons and a trip to Sovereign Harbour. Then a visit to the Science Centre at Herstmonceux for a Curry and Comets evening,

On Sunday there was a welcome to Hailsham by the Mayor, and a traditional English Christmas Fair was visited at Michelham Priory.

They had the chance to look around the historical Priory and listen to the Christmas Carols sung by the Bourne Choir.

Last stop was to enjoy lunch at the Six Bells in Chiddingly and listen to a jazz band before returning home.

Keith Townsend, chair of Hailsham District Twinning Association, said: “Christmas traditions in England are quite different. Christmas puddings, crackers and carol singing is not something the French usually experience so the whole weekend went down very well.”