Towns celebrate 25 years of Euro-twinning

MEMBERS of the Huntingdon and Godmanchester s Twinning Association have been celebrating 25 years of unity with twin towns in Europe. The towns two mayors were among a group from Huntingdonshire to mark the silver anniversary with a visit to Szentendre,

MEMBERS of the Huntingdon and Godmanchester's Twinning Association have been celebrating 25 years of unity with twin towns in Europe.

The towns' two mayors were among a group from Huntingdonshire to mark the silver anniversary with a visit to Szentendre, the twin town in Hungary.

The visit also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian uprising, in which more than 3,000 people died,

Huntingdon Mayor Councillor Jeff Dutton and Mayor of Godmanchester Councillor Richard Butcher spent four days in the Hungarian town of Szentendre, near the capital Budapest


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They were joined by representatives from Huntingdon and Godmanchester's other twin towns - Weltheim, in Germany and Salon de Provence, in France, to plant trees in the town's centre.

Speeches were made by Hungarian citizens who lived through

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the 1956 uprising, recalling their experiences.

Town twinning asssociation member David Brown said: "The trip was a fascinating look at a culture that we knew little about.

"The hospitality we encountered was superb and we were made to feel very welcome. We look forward to welcoming the people of Szentendre for a return visit in the future."

INFORMATION: For more information on twinning, visit www.hgta-online.co.uk or contact secretary David King on 01480 351527.

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