Town celebrates 30 years of twinning

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Sudbury’s 30-year link with the French town of Clermont L’Oise will be celebrated over the bank holiday weekend with a series of anniversary events.

Members of the public will get to enjoy a taste of France when traders pitch their stalls on Market Hill from 9am till 5.30pm on Sunday and Monday.

Organised by international market event operators Savoir Fayre Ltd, this lively and colourful travelling market arrives in Sudbury as part of a new stop-off during its annual tour.

Market goers will be treated to a range of authentic French produce, as well as delicacies from other European countries, including Spain and Italy.

The market is set to coincide with the ceremonial proceedings taking place on Sunday morning.

The procession with Sudbury town mayor Robert Spivey and two of Clermont’s deputy mayors will begin at 10am from the bottom of Market Hill and end in front of the town hall.

Around 60 guests will be seated to watch the representatives from both towns re-signing the town twinning charter and cutting the celebratory cake, as well as a musical performance from pupils at Woodhall Primary School.

The celebrations mark the close friendship between the two towns, whose residents visit each other on trips organised by the Sudbury Town Twinning Association.

Clermont is one of three European towns twinned with Sudbury, which include Hoxter in Germany and Fredensborg in Denmark.

The town twinning initiative began in Europe as a way of healing the wounds left by the Second World War.

Around 60 families from Sudbury regularly take part in the exchange trips.