Groups from French and Belgian twinned towns visit to Hastings Week

Cutting the cake in celebration of 30 years' twinning with Dordrecht and 20 years' twinning with Oudenaarde. L-R Jeremy Brich (leader of Hastings Council), Arno Brok (Mayor of Dordrecht), Carine Portois (Alderman for European Affairs, Oudenaarde) and Kim Forward (Mayor of Hastings).'15/10/11 Hastings Town Hall.
Cutting the cake in celebration of 30 years' twinning with Dordrecht and 20 years' twinning with Oudenaarde. L-R Jeremy Brich (leader of Hastings Council), Arno Brok (Mayor of Dordrecht), Carine Portois (Alderman for European Affairs, Oudenaarde) and Kim Forward (Mayor of Hastings).'15/10/11 Hastings Town Hall.

GROUPS of people from Hastings’ twin towns Oudenaarde in Belgium and Dordrecht in Holland came to 1066 Country during the Hastings Week festivities to celebrate 20 and 30 years of friendship.

Events included a gala dinner, an exchange of friendship charters at a reception in the town hall hosted by the Mayor, Kim Forward.

Visitors took a tour of Hastings and the surrounding countryside, before watching the procession by Hastings Borough Bonfire Society and the fireworks display.

The event was arranged by the joint twinning committee of the two towns, together with the council.

During the same week there was also a group of ramblers from the Chemins du Vent club in Caen, led by Chantal Sablerie. They spent three days walking in the area ‘in the steps of William the Conqueror’.

Guided by local rambling expert Nick Brown, they walked from Pevensey to Herstmonceux, did a circular tour from Bodiam Castle, and walked from Pestalozzi Village (where they were staying) to Battle to see the re-enactment.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday (October 25 and 26), another 30 château, museum and garden owners were over for a joint Normandy Tourist Board/1066 Country trip.

The French visitors came to Hastings and visited Pevensey, including the Court House Museum, Battle, Bodiam, Pashley Manor Gardens, Sissinghurst and Merriments.

On the Wednesday evening, 40 UK tour operators spent the day being shown around Hastings, Battle and the Toy Museum at Northiam.