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Celebrating 50 years of twinning

June 17, 2016

Last weekend, my husband John and I had the pleasure of visiting  Evesham’s twin town Melsungen in Germany as official guests representing both Evesham and Wychavon.

The visit was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of twinning between Dreux in France and Melsungen in Germany.  Evesham is twinned with both Dreux and Melsungen so we were invited to join in the celebrations.

Louis Moree – President of Dreux Twinning Association, Marisa Giontelle – Todia (Italy) Twinning Association, Inge Seidel – Melsungen (our host), Maria Pia Rondolini-Vannoni (Todi Italy) with me and John

Louis Moree – President of Dreux Twinning Association, Marisa Giontelle – Todia (Italy) Twinning Association, Inge Seidel – Melsungen (our host), Maria Pia Rondolini-Vannoni (Todi Italy) with me and John

Melsungen is a small town in the Schwalm-Eder district in northern Hesse, Germany. About 14,000 people live  there.

There was an official twinning ceremony as well as an exhibition of memorabilia spanning more than 50 years of twinning and local paintings.

Mayor of Dreux, Gerard Hamel, with me and my husband and consort John at an exhibition of memorabilia over 50 years of twinning and local paintings

Mayor of Dreux, Gerard Hamel, with me and my husband and consort John at an exhibition of memorabilia over 50 years of twinning and local paintings

 

Both European mayors now wear chains, but this has not always been so, over the years of twinning the Mayor of Dreux only wore a sash and German Mayors had no regalia.  This is the first time we have seen the European Mayors wear regalia.

Mayor of Melsungen, Germany – Markus Boucsein, me and Mayor of Dreux, Gerard Hamel on the steps of the Rathus (Town Hall) after the official twinning ceremony

Mayor of Melsungen, Germany – Markus Boucsein, me and Mayor of Dreux, Gerard Hamel on the steps of the Rathus (Town Hall) after the official twinning ceremony

There was also a carnival procession which covered about one and a half miles (in the rain).  The Mayor of Melsungen led the procession followed by Twinning guests from Evesham, Dreux and Todi (Italy) which is twinned with Dreux and Melsungen.  Three bands accompanied the procession, with many floats, clubs, children and vintage vehicles. It was quite a spectacular event despite the weather which did eventually clear up.

The carnival procession

The carnival procession

The rain did not put a dampener on the celebrations

The rain did not put a dampener on the celebrations

Lights in market square

Lights in market square