Mossley celebrates best ever French connection
Sunday 30th October 2016 19:03 Community Mossley & Saddleworth News Posted by Adam Higgins

Mossley twinners are celebrating one of their most successful exchange visits with more French visitors coming to the town than ever before.

This year, 28 friends from Mossley’s twin town, Hem, visited the town, the largest number so far as Mossley Twinning continues to go from strength to strength.

Many were making the trip for the first time, all being hosted by members of the Twinning Committee.

“Our French friends love Mossley almost as much as we do and they are constantly delighted by the friendliness of folk,” said Paul Dowthwaite, secretary of the committee.

As well as plenty of fun and lots of visits, including to the town’s hugely successful and busy Octoberfest Festival at Mossley Community Centre, the visit also had a serious side.

With Remembrance Day just weeks away, the French visitors stepped out along the new World War One Blue Plaque Trail from the Market Ground to Mossley Hall, with a trail leaflet produced in French especially for the occasion.

A short ceremony of Remembrance and wreath laying was held at the war memorial, before the visitors enjoyed lunch inside the hall.

The weekend visit also included a buffet dinner at Stamford Golf Club with live music by ‘Where’s Ringo?’ plus excursions to Bury Market, Manchester and Haworth with steam train rides along the way.

To foster closer links for the future, a number of meetings were held with local schools, with students encouraged to exchange letters and school exchange visits also planned.