Llandrindod Wells celebrates twenty years of twinning with Contrexéville
The Contrexéville Band from France has recently completed a very successful weekend visit to Llandrindod Wells where it performed in the twentieth anniversary celebrations of twinning between the two towns. The band was part of a delegation of forty four people led by the Mayor of Contrexéville, Arnauld Salvini. The delegation was welcomed by Jeff Green, Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, on their arrival in the town.
The twinning agreement between Llandrindod Wells and Contrexéville was signed in 1992 and a busy weekend of activities had been organised by the twinning associations of Llandrindod Wells and Contrexéville to celebrate the twentieth anniversary. The band and guests spent an enjoyable day visiting Elan Valley and Aberystwyth before returning to Llandrindod Wells to perform in a Band Extravaganza Concert at the Pavilion. In the concert the French guests were joined by Llandrindod Wells Silver Band and Holy Trinity Orchestra and the large audience was enthralled by the polished and entertaining performances from all the bands in a varied programme of music.
The following day the band played in the morning service at Holy Trinity Church where the French visitors were made to feel most welcome. The Contrexéville delegation and sixty hosts and supporters from Llandrindindod then enjoyed a twentieth anniversary lunch at the Metropole Hotel. Jeff Green, Llandrindod’s Mayor, spoke about the benefits that twinning had brought to both communities over the past twenty years and looked forward to many more years of friendship. To commemorate the anniversary he presented a tree to Arnauld Salvini, Mayor of Contrexéville which will be planted in France as a living symbol of the friendship between the towns. M. Salvini thanked the Mayor for such a symbolic gift and recalled that over the centuries there had been conflict between the nations of Europe but now we lived together in concord and mutual understanding, aspects that twinning promotes. To mark the occasion each mayor signed the Mayoral Declaration on the 20th Anniversary of Twinning In the evening the celebrations continued at Dolau Community Hall where instrumentalists from the Contrexéville band joined local musicians to play at a ceilidh evening of music and dancing.
On their final day the French delegation travelled to Cardiff where they visited The National Museum of Wales at St Fagans. After the museum visit the band members played on Glanfa Stage in the Millennium Centre and then enjoyed an afternoon sightseeing and shopping in Cardiff.
The band members and supporters were overwhelmed at the hospitality given to them by the host families in Llandrindod. The visit helped to build friendship and understanding through the exchange of music and cultural experiences, and a number of the instrumentalists plan return visits to Llandrindod to consolidate the musical friendships they formed during their stay. Jeff Thomas, Chairman of Llandrindod Wells and Area Twinning Association, thanked everyone in Llandrindod and area who had worked hard to make the twentieth celebration visit such a success. He pointed out that the Association wants to make twinning accessible to all sectors of the community and any local group wishing to make an exchange visit should contact the Association through its website: https://llandrindodtwinning.wordpress.com/ or phone the Secretary on 01597 851931
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