French visitors join Newhaven Twinning Association for Jubilee

Newhaven Twinning Association with their French visitors.
Newhaven Twinning Association with their French visitors.

VISITORS from Newhaven’s twin town La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin in France celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee in true British style last weekend.

The group went to the annual Fish Festival, visited the Lifeboat Station and saw Newhaven Fort during their stay.

They also attended a barn dance in the festival marquee on Saturday evening alongside local residents, and enjoyed a hog roast.

The guests enjoyed watching the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on TV, after a Big Lunch celebratory picnic at the marquee, on Sunday afternoon.

Their visit finished with a traditional roast dinner on Sunday at The Tavern at Telscombe Cliffs with twinning association members.

And as a special surprise for their French guests, Newhaven Town Council organised new road signs at the entrances to Newhaven to denote the new twinning status of the towns.

The sign at the exit from the ferry terminal was jointly unveiled by the mayors of Newhaven and La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, Graham Amy and Nicolas Bonneau.

Annie Lefèbvre,

Présidente Le Comité de Jumelage La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin said: “We were so warmly welcomed by the twinning association during this marvellous weekend. Thank you to everybody involved.”

Members of the twinning association are now looking forward to similar celebrations in France for Bastille Day in July, and are assured of an extremely warm welcome from our hosts.

Norman added: “We would be pleased to hear from any organisation, club or family who would like to become involved in twinning activities.

“You do not have to live in Newhaven to become a member.”

If anyone is interested in joining the twinning association, or would like to find out more about twinning activities locally, contact the chairman, Norman Hopson (01273 588193) or secretary, Jacky Cole (01273 516100).