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Beccles residents prepare for trip to French twin town

PUBLISHED: 15:23 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:23 26 September 2018

Mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw unveils the Annie-Claude Ferrando painting at Beccles library. Photo: Beccles Twinning Association.

Mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw unveils the Annie-Claude Ferrando painting at Beccles library. Photo: Beccles Twinning Association.

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As Beccles celebrates 40 years of friendship and travels with its French twin town more than 30 residents are preparing for a trip across The Channel.

Around 35 residents met up at Beccles Library on Sunday, September 23, to prepare for Beccles Twinning Association’s upcoming adventure.

By chance the meeting took place exactly 40 years after the original twinning charter, which linked the Suffolk market town to Petit-Couronne, was signed by then mayor John Bell.

From Friday October 5 to Monday October 8, 38 people from Beccles will visit its french counterpart to enjoy local hospitality, an autumn fair and a formal dinner.

Mayor Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw is among those making their first trip to Petit-Couronne and attended Sunday’s meeting to unveil a present marking the 40th anniversary.

Earlier this year Annie-Claude Ferrando’s flamingo painting was presented to the town as a gift from Petit-Couronne - with the library chosen as a fitting venue to display its beauty.

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