Twinners get warm hello on Bonfire night

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Representatives from Hailsham’s twin town received a warmer welcome than normal this year.

Visitors from the French town of Gournay-en-Bray were taken to Hailsham’s annual bonfire night event as a welcome gesture.

The 15 strong group visited as part of a cultural exchange programme between the towns.

The official welcome began with coffee at Callenders Restaurant with Hailsham & District Twinning Association members. The groups where greeted by Deputy Town Mayor Cllr Richard Grocock.

A weekend of events included a morning trip to Longleys Barn Art Studio and a barbecue at one of the association members’ homes.

Cllr Grocock said: “I hope they enjoyed the bonfire parade and fireworks and have returned to France having renewed and made long lasting friendships and plenty of good memories.”

He added: “I’d like to congratulate the Association for bringing together Hailsham and district residents and guests from our vibrant twin town.”

The Association is looking for new members of all ages.

They would be particularly keen to welcome new members below the age of 40, who may bring along fresh ideas to the Association, said its chairman Keith Townsend.

He said: “We are keen to encourage young families to get involved with exchanges.

Through membership there are opportunities to meet other people at social events organised throughout the year, such as quiz nights, beetle drives, barbecues, open evenings and annual trips to Gournay-en-Bray.

Forthcoming exchanges include an art exhibition weekend in Gournay-en-Bray.

For further infotrmation call John Puttick (membership secretary) on 01323 441787.