60-year celebrations in Honfleur
Thirty-seven travellers left Sandwich on Thursday 20th June to spend the next four days in Honfleur with their Normandy hosts to celebrate 60 years since the inception of the twinning arrangement between the two towns.
Part of the celebrations saw the inauguration of a new road, La Rue de Sandwich, seen below being unveiled by Honfleur Mayor, Michel Lamarre, Sandra Trussler, widow of former Sandwich Mayor, Joe Trussler and Janice Norman, a student visitor to Honfleur in 1960.
Above: four of the SHTA Committee with the new sign, Stuart Jones, Sandra Jones, Jan Cooper and Steve Laslett.
A speech from Monsieur Lamarre gave a brief history of the exchange, with a translation read by Sue Wallis, former Chair of SHTA, and a reply by Stuart Jones, current SHTA Chairman, included a letter from the Mayor of Sandwich. A Gertrude Jekyll English rose was presented by Sandra Jones, SHTA Secretary, which will be planted in the nearby eco-district’s park as a memento of the occasion.
After the road-opening, many of the group spent the evening in town taking in the vibrant atmosphere of the Fête de la Musique. A vast array of cafés and restaurants offering crêpes, galettes and much more were accompanied by dancing, singing and a range of musical talent. Earlier in the day the group had enjoyed a visit to the Château du Breuil and its calvados distillery, a lunch inside four huge calvados barrels at a restaurant in Pont l’Évêque and a boat trip from Honfleur harbour out into the Seine estuary to view close-up the enormous Normandy Bridge.
Guests and hosts decided between themselves how to spend Saturday 22nd June: some strolled around the fantastic Honfleur market; some travelled to local sites of interest; others selected a café or bar while a few indulged in a spot of retail therapy!
Late afternoon saw us entertained by Kanto Mondo, an all-female singing group in the Ancienne Chapelle de l’Hôpital where we were enchanted by songs from all around the world.
We were treated to a formal dinner in the evening at La Briquerie where Monsieur le Maire thanked everyone involved for their part in the 60-year history of the twinning, while President Pierre Jan & Chairman Stuart Jones, spoke on behalf of the Honfleur & Sandwich Twinning Associations, thanking them for their generous hospitality, warmth and kindness throughout. The months of preparation for the celebrations and organisation by the Honfleur committee were clearly evident throughout the weekend.
Above: the newspaper held by Pierre and Stuart was an original copy of The Daily Telegraph of 1959 donated by Sandra Jones to our friends in Honfleur.
Bangers & Boules
The inaugural Bangers & Boules evening was a huge success with a sell-out group of 24 members, enjoying a sunny evening at The Anchor in Wingham.
A knock-out trophy and plate competition ensured everybody played at least 2 games.
Winners of the main trophy were – from left to right Ian, Steve and Rick and the plate winners were, from left to right Sandra, Peter and Linda.
After the games The Anchor did us proud with a great meal of bangers & mash and fresh veg followed by fruit crumble.
Look out for the 2020 tournament!
Despite the rather wet and windy start to Le Weekend the SHTA stand welcomed many visitors over the Saturday and Sunday.
Many of the more longstanding SHTA members amongst you will remember Joe Trussler, deceased former mayor of Sandwich, who, along with the mayor of Honfleur, reignited the exchange between the two towns in 2008.
Last November the Honfleur president, Pierre Jan, presented a plaque to mark Joe Trussler’s contribution to Veronica Lioté, current mayor of Sandwich, and Sandra Trussler, Joe’s wife. The two ladies were at the Guildhall again on Tuesday 7th May to unveil the mounted plaque and were joined by three members of the SHTA committee, Joe’s sister Lynn and Mary Laslett, former mayor of Sandwich. The photo shows the group shortly after the unveiling.