Lowestoft celebrates its French Connection
Published on 20th July 2012
This week, 34 years after the first gathering, Lowestoft welcomed friends from the French town of Plaisir for a 'twinning reception' - the latest cultural exchange between the two towns
The reception was attended members of the Plaisir Association as well as the Mayor of Lowestoft and Waveney District Councillors from the town. The Mayor presented Madame Bernadette Clesse, the French President of the Plaisir Association, with two books about the town, donated and signed by Ian Robb, author and local historian, and also a 'Mayor Bear'. In turn, the Mayor was presented with a gift from Plaisir to commemorate the twinning exchange for 2012.
Cllr Nick Webb, Mayor of Lowestoft said: "It has been an immense pleasure and privilege to have been able to host a Twinning Reception for our Plaisir guests. There has long been an association between the people of Lowestoft and Plaisir and I hope that this link is maintained so we can celebrate our different cultures and ways of life, particularly for up and coming generations."
It was in January 1978 that the first meeting was held in Lowestoft Town Hall for those residents who were interested in the proposed twinning of Lowestoft with Plaisir. A Civic visit from Plaisir to Lowestoft then followed which was reported in the Lowestoft Journal with the headline 'We're friends - official', along with a photograph of Monsieur Mouton (Mayor of Plaisir) signing a declaration of friendship.
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