Visitors from France came to Uckfield at the weekend to see the name of their town on new welcome signs.
Uckfield has a long-standing link with Quickborn in Germany, but a link with Arques-la-Bataille near Dieppe is more recent and the signs have been revamped to recognise the partnership.
Uckfield Concert Brass played iconic tunes from both sides of the channel at a ceremony held at the road sign at the Eastbourne Road entrance to the town.
The band was joined by town and county councillors, members of the twinning association, and the visitors from Uckfield’s French twin town.
Uckfield Twinning Association chairman David Sudbery welcomed the visitors and thanked the town and county councils for their support.
He reminded onlookers of many links – between school groups, families, musicians and even the local fire service – that twinning has brought to the town.
He said it was especially important at this time to keep the spirit of international co-operation alive.
Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood, twinning representative Cllr Spike Mayhew, and East Sussex county councillor Chris Dowling, all added their support for the association’s activities.
After president of the French twinning group, Laurence Tassus helped cut ribbons to declare the signs open, Amazing Grace was played on the bagpipes by Arques resident Herve Brelivet while his wife Christine sang.
The bagpiper then led a procession from the sign near he roundabout at Teelings Drive all the way to Bridge Cottage in the centre of Uckfield where the celebrations continued.
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