Many benefits of twinning

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IN response to G R Ashbrook’s letter regarding twinning, they make the statement that they cannot see how it benefits the people of the town.

As a member on the Committee of the Lewes Twinning Association, I would be happy to give some examples of how twinning does indeed benefit the town’s businesses and general population.

Lewes is fortunate to be twinned with Blois in France, and Waldshut-Tiengen in Germany. This year we have had visits from both towns. If the visitors were staying with families, then those hosts will have needed to purchase extra food, drink, etc. Those who were staying in hotels or bed and breakfast paid for their own stay (it was not subsidised by Lewes). They also spent money in the local shops, cafes, pubs, etc.

We had an accordion orchestra come from a village near Waldshut and they played two concerts in Lewes (they asked for no fee), which many Lewes people came to enjoy.

There was a “get together” on the Sunday evening, at the John Harvey Tavern. The total bill for the evening came to nearly £500 – paid by our German visitors!

Finally, in a perfect example of how twinning can directly benefit the people of the town, when Lewes was hit by floods in 2001, our twin towns put on concerts and raised money to aid those residents affected. They sent us in excess of £7,000!

Cllr Ashley Price,

Lewes Green Party (Priory Ward)