Crewe and Macon reaffirm twinning relationship

Guests were invited over from Macon to mark the 60th anniversary of the twinning agreement between the two towns this past Saturday.

They were collected from Manchester Airport in a large Citroen that was loaned by Grensons Motors.

The guests then transferred to the Crewe Arms Hotel who hosted them over the weekend and who flew the French tricolour as a sign of welcome to the people from Macon.

During the afternoon they attended the Cheshire East reflects event before dining at the Lyceum and attending a performance.

On the Sunday the guests arrived to participate in the Armistice Day parade and service on Memorial Square. During that ceremony Deputy Mayor Hervé Reyaund and the President of War Veteran’s Association Jean-Claude Bernardet made passionate speeches about the need to learn the lessons of the past and for the young people of both towns to lead us all into the future.

Other guests from Macon include Deputy Mayor Sandra Monchecourt alongside two young adults from the city; Yegor Burdas-Vinakur and Ylan Gras-Ruet who came over to carry the banners in the parade.

(Images courtesy of David Bloor Photography (2018))

Following the ceremony, the guests met with the Mayor Cllr. Brian Roberts, other representatives of the town council, representatives of the Crewe and Nantwich Twinning Association and members of the Royal British Legion for a typically English buffet lunch backed up with the odd glass of French wine.

Cllr. Roberts stated: “I am proud to have welcomed our guests from Macon to join in our Armistice Day. The day was made better with their involvement and with it being both the 60th anniversary of our twinning agreement and the 100th anniversary since the end of World War I, the fact they were there made complete and total sense. 60 years into our twinning agreement and hopefully we will be linked with this great French city for many years to come.”

The Mayor and the Deputy Mayor of Macon then reaffirmed the twinning relationship between the two towns and the Mayor was pleased to receive a fantastic souvenir of the visit presented by the town of Macon. The gift comprised of, what is known as trench art, art inspired by the war by people who were there to experience it, which the people of Crewe will treasure forever more.

The guests then were whisked back to Manchester airport and flew back to the fine city of Macon.