Gift shows appeal of Lydney link with Bréhal

By Forester Reporter   |   Reporter   |
Tuesday 28th June 2022 6:00 am
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Chair of the Lydney Twinning Association, Andrew Dean (left), receives the bell from Brehal Twinning President, Bernard Letissier and Vice President, Michelle Garabis. ()

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A BELL cast in Normandy was presented to members of the Lydney Twinning Association to mark a special anniversary.

The presentation was made by the president of the Bréhal Jumelage (Twinning), Bernard Letissier, at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the link between the two towns held at the Speech House Hotel.

Mr Letissier, presented the ceremonial bell which was cast at Cornille Havard Bell Foundry in Normandy during an exchange of gifts to mark the anniversary.

The link between the two towns was started in June 1991 but celebrations of the 30th anniversary had to be postponed because of Covid and travel restrictions.

Members of the Lydney Twinning Association were delighted to be able to welcome families from Bréhal over the weekend of May 27.

Chair of Lydney Twinning Association, Andrew Dean, was delighted with the weekend and offered his thanks to the hosts for making it such a successful visit.

He said: Our French visitors really appreciated the welcome received by their Lydney hosts and they were particularly impressed by the dinner at Speech House.

“The team at Speech house were most professional and provided excellent British hospitality.”

He added: ‘Planning is already underway for next year’s visit to Bréhal and we are always on the lookout for new families to get involved.

“There is already a twinning link between the golf clubs of both towns, and an opportunity for introductions between the two tennis clubs is currently being explored.”

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