The 25th anniversary of the twinning of Burgh le Marsh and Beaumont-sur-Sarthe was celebrated recently with a ceremony and cake-cutting in Beaumont-sur-Sarthe.
A cake made by Jane Dinsdale of Burgh, depicting the Burgh and Beaumont coats of arms, was jointly cut by Neil Cooper, the chair of Burgh Twinning, and Claude Menard, chair of the Beaumont Twinning.
Joining Mr Cooper among the Burgh group were four founder members, Norman and Bridget Barker and Eileen Chantry and Les Osborne.
Unfortunately four other founder members, John and Irene Panton and John and Margaret Clarke, were unable to attend. Speeches were exchanged by both parties and it was acknowledged that the twinning was like a marriage which had grown and matured during its 25 years.
Mayor M. Robin and Neil Cooper said that the day’s rain had failed to dampen the enthusiasm and that the sun shone in the homes and hearts of all involved in the twinning.
Gifts were presented to Neil and Pauline Cooper and to Claude Menard and Martine Bleu for their efforts in furthering the twinning. All of the ladies were presented with a flower and a card.
The evening, which included a seven-course meal, ended with dancing and entertainment and concluded with Auld Lang Syne.
During the weekend, visits were made to the gardens at Bonnetable where a picnic was enjoyed, and to a foundry for a demonstration of pewter casting. Also included was a guided tour of Beaumont- sur-Sarthe with its historic buildings and flowing river.
“The general feeling is long may the twinning between the towns continue,” said a member.