2017 marks the 25th anniversary of twinning between Llandrindod Wells and Contrexéville, France and to commemorate this milestone Contrexéville Town Council organised a celebration during the 14th July French National Holiday.

The celebrations also marked the 35th anniversary of twinning between Bad Rappenau, Germany and Contrexéville, two towns that share twinning agreements with Llandrindod Wells.Luc Gerecke, Maire of Contrexéville welcomed twelve delegates from Llandrindod Wells ledby the Mayor, Councillor Jon Williams and thirty delegates from Bad Rappenau led by the Bűrgermeister Hans Heribert Blättgen at a reception in the Town Hall.

The Maire of Contrexéville Luc Gerecke and the Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, Councillor Jon Williams at the 25th Twinning Anniversary Celebrations in Contrexéville

The weekend’s events started with a parade and ceremony marking the French National Holiday and this was followed by a lunch together. In the evening the visitors joined a very large crowd to enjoy a spectacular firework display at a beautiful lakeside setting in Contrexéville.

The following day the three mayors planted a rose bush presented by Llandrindod Twinningto mark the 25th anniversary in a Friendship Garden at Contrexéville Primary School. All three mayors spoke about the friendships that had been forged between the threetowns over the past twenty five years, particularly school and youth groups which were so important in developing understanding and contact between the diverse communities.

The main event of the visit was a Celebration Lunch attended by the mayors of all three towns and sixty guests and supporters from France, Wales and Germany. Babette Simonin,President of Contrexéville Twinning Association presented gifts to the officers of all three twinning associations to mark the anniversary. Rob Shelton, Chairman of Llandrindod Twinning Association and Sibylle Hummel, President of Bad Rappenau Twinning Association thanked their French hosts for the hospitality shown to the visiting delegates and both looked forward to many more years of successful twinning exchanges.

Delegates from Llandrindod Wells, Contrexeville and Bad Rappenau with the mayors from all three towns at the Celebration Lunch in Contrexeville

On their final day the visitors from Llandrindod were accompanied by their hosts for a sunnyday out to Xaronval, a small 19 century historic village where they visited an old bakery, toy museum, traditional farm and enjoyed a traditional meal together at an old farm restaurant.

Before their journey home the Mayor, Councillor Jon Williams, thanked the French hosts fortheir hospitality and for making the visit so interesting and enjoyable for all the guests from Llandrindod Wells. He made a special presentation of wooden bowls produced by a
craftsman in Llandrindod Wells to the mayors Contrexéville and Bad Rappenau to commemorate the anniversary. He looked forward to welcoming a group of scouts from BadRappenau who will be visiting Llandrindod in August and to many more cultural exchanges in the next twenty five years.