'Friends forever' - Keynsham and Libourne celebrate 40 years of twinning

Published on: 05 Aug 2017

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Keynsham strengthened its links with Libourne in France last month as it hosted a celebration to mark 40 years of twinning between the towns.

Libourne’s mayor Philippe Buisson and members of the town’s twinning association were among a large group that enjoyed several days in Keynsham, where they were hosted by twinning members and local families.

On July 1, Mayor Buisson was joined by Bath and North East Somerset Council chair Cherry Beath to unveil a plaque in the library’s newly named Libourne Lounge on the first floor.

Speaking of the strong friendships formed between the residents of the two communities, he thanked their hosts for the “warm words” following recent terror attacks in France and how deeply troubled he had been when British cities were targeted, adding that he hoped the two countries could maintain close ties post-Brexit.

Then, as Keynsham Brass Band performed in Market Walk, the group headed outside to see Libourne’s Mathilde Lalande and Keynsham’s Matthew Hart, young people from families involved in twinning, unveil an information board on the side of the library, which looks at the history of the relationship between the towns.

Keynsham and District Twinning Association president Carole Duckett said: “This is a great day as we celebrate 40 years of twinning, friendship and movement between our two towns, a link which is more important than ever, which is why it is essential to get young people involved in twinning.”

Michel Vigier, president of the French town’s twinning association, said he thought there would be “surprises and problems” ahead for both nations but, looking forward to 2018’s visit by a Keynsham delegation to Libourne, added: “For us, there is no question – despite Brexit we will remain friends forever.”

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