Two Mayors Lead Twinning Visit To Louviers
7:55am 29th August 2012
Weymouth and Portland dignitaries are off on a French Exchange today.
Mayors Margaret Leicester and Sylvia Bradley are part of a 35 strong delegation making the trip to Louviers in Normandy.
The town's been twinned with the Borough since 1958.
The delegation leaves Weymouth on Wednesday [29 August] and returns from Louviers the following Monday. They will be greeted by Louviers Mayor Franck Martin and Twinning Committee Chairman Georges Veyrat, at a reception in the Hotel de Ville [the Town Hall.]
Longtime Society member and noted local author Alderman Andy Hutchings has given Mayor Margaret Leicester three copies of his new book "Weymouth & Portland- Then and Now," for her to present to Louviers Mayor Franck Martin, First Deputy Mayor Roland Lienard and Twinning Chairman Georges Veyrat.
"I am looking forward to seeing exactly what Louviers is like- twinning does allow us to further our knowledge of other countries," comments Coun. Margaret Leicester, Mayor of Weymouth & Portland. "It allows exchanges of culture between the two towns. Friendships have obviously been built over the years, with close relationships being formed by both communities and hopefully these ties will continue for many more years."
Cath Irving, Chairman of the Weymouth-Louviers Society, is delighted to be visiting Louviers for the 15th. year. "It is an association which has continued in friendship for 54 years now," she says. "Michel Deshayes, a retired Head Teacher from Louviers even came to Weymouth and was an Olympic ambassador. We feel we are carrying the flame across the English Channel this year."