French counterparts visit Polegate sights

A delegation from the town in France twinned with Polegate has been enjoying the local sights and delights.

Polegate Twinning Association (PTA), twinned with Saintry-sur-Seine, which is located on the River Seine to the south of Paris, has enjoyed a visit to Polegate headed up by their Mayor Mon. Michel Caren and his wife.

They were welcomed at a civic ceremony by Polegate mayor Malcolm Cunningham and members of the PTA. During their stay they visited Preston Manor and Brighton, the Polegate and Wilmington windmill, Sheffield Park and the Bluebell Steam Railway.

The evening events included an American evening and musical entertainment supplied by All Time High with magician Paul Leacy performing close-up magic.

The closing event of the five-day visit was a dinner prepared and cooked by members of the PTA for their guests in St John’s Church Hall, Polegate.

PTA chairman Joe O’Riordan, said the Mayor of Saintry-sur-Seine had expressed the thoughts of the visitors that the twinning of the two towns demonstrates cameraderie and also the benefits of international relations. The French visitors brought several young adults which the PTA would like to encourage in East Sussex, fostering a student exchange programme.

Joe said the PTA looked forward to visiting Saintry-sur-Seine in 2014. Saintry-sur-Seine is in northern France and has a population of only a few thousand.