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Cumbria to welcome French visitors for town twinning anniversary event

Nine French visitors from Brampton’s twin towns of Berry Bour and Marmagne will visit the North Cumbrian town next week.

This is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brampton and District Town Twinning Association’s visit to France, which was initially meant to happen in 2020 but was disrupted by Covid.

In 2019, the incoming French visitors had their own 20th anniversary of first visiting Brampton, which saw the naming of the walkway between Berry Bouy and Marmagne ‘Promenade de Brampton’.

Berry Bouy and Marmagne, with a population of roughly 1500 and 2500 respectively, lie opposite each other across the water meadows of the river L’Yevre.

They are roughly halfway down Central France, just south of the Loire with the nearest city being Bourge, about as far away as Brampton is from Carlisle.

A spokesperson from the Brampton and District Town Twinning Association said: “To mark the occasion, firstly we will be having a meet and greet event at the Moot Hall where the group will be welcomed by the Town Crier.

“The following day’s activities will be based around the town and include a Reunion Lunch for past and present members at the Methodist Hall.

“To commemorate the anniversary and with nature and climate in mind, we have worked with Talkin Tarn Country Park to plant two copper beeches – one for each town – and will dedicate these in a small ceremony at the Tarn on April 20.

“Over the years, many people from Brampton and France have enjoyed the twinning experience which is very different from visiting a country on holiday.

“As the twinning charter, displayed in the Moot Hall, says, it promotes and fosters friendship and understanding of cultural, recreational and commercial activities of the linked towns.

“We put it simply as a way to make new friends in Brampton and in France.”

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