South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, recently welcomed a group of foreign visitors from the French town of Chambourcy during their visit to their twinned town Lutterworth.
Alberto met with visiting families and the organisers of the visit, the Lutterworth & District Twinning Association, to formally welcome the visitors from Chambourcy. The young French visitors also spent a day at one of the town’s schools before the families then spent the weekend visiting Calke Abbey and watching the fireworks display in Lutterworth.
Developments between the two towns began in 1996 with the twinning formally taking place in 1999 with the signing of a charter in Lutterworth, another ceremony was also held in Chambourcy the following year.
Alberto said, “It was such a pleasure to welcome the visiting families from Chambourcy to Lutterworth recently. The town has a very rich and deep history associated with their French counterparts, and the Twinning Association have really done a tremendous job in fostering such good relationships with the wonderful people from Chambourcy and long may this continue”.
Mrs Christine Horsfall, Chair of the Lutterworth & District Twinning Association added, “We were very pleased welcome 22 visitors from our twin town in Chambourcy; the families took part in a weekend of activities and we thoroughly hope they enjoyed their time here. We are also very grateful to Alberto for joining us for an evening to formally welcome the families. The Association is making great progress in increasing the number of families involved; the friendships formed will last a lifetime and help to broaden the horizons of our young people”.
Alberto concluded, “This is a fine example of a brilliant cultural exchange with our French counterparts and I would really like to thank the Twinning Associations, on both sides of the channel, for their brilliant work in organising this visit. At a time when our relations with our European neighbours are rather fraught, it’s very encouraging to see that events such as these are still very successful in furthering ties and building relationships”.
Picture above shows Alberto with visiting families from Chambourcy and members of the Lutterworth & District Twinning Association.