A party of 18 members of the Twinning Association of Poynton (TAP), including our Town Mayor, visited Haybes over the August Bank Holiday weekend. This is a small French town near the Belgian border in the Ardennes region, and Poynton’s second twinned town. On a self-funded trip via Eurostar and minibuses, the visitors participated in a range of activities to mark the First World War centenary year. These included among other things an exhibition, a torchlit procession, a sound and light show, and wreath laying. Haybes was all but obliterated in the early days of the conflict, and Stockport played a vital role in raising funds towards its rebuilding.

Susan Warrington, Chair of TAP commented “We were delighted to see our friends in Haybes again, and honoured to have been there at such an important and meaningful commemoration for them. There were some very moving occasions over the weekend and, as always, we were made to feel most welcome. We continue to build on our relationship with Haybes, and our primary schools are now beginning to get involved too –  one of our key aims is to help our younger people engage with their peers in Haybes”.