Ilkley and Coutances celebrate twin-ship

Ilkley Gazette: Councillor Anne Hawkesworth hosted a garden party for the Ilkley-Coutances party. Councillor Anne Hawkesworth hosted a garden party for the Ilkley-Coutances party.

Civic leaders from Ilkley and Coutances in Normandy got together last week to celebrate 40 years of being twin towns.

A delegation of ten, led by the deputy mayor of Coutances and the president of Coutances’ own twinning committee, came to Ilkley on Friday, staying until Sunday.

They were welcomed to the town with the unusual sight of the French tricoleur flying over Brook Street.

A civic reception took place at Ilkley Town Hall on Friday attended by around 50 people, including members of both twinning committees, councillors and those who would like to develop friend-ships with the residents of Coutances.

During the course of their stay, the French visitors were taken to Unesco World Heritage site at Saltaire and Salts Mill.

They also visited Bolton Abbey and the scenic riverside spot The Strid, and attended a Friday evening Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts event, which was sponsored by Ilkley Parish Council.

The official civic dinner took place at Rombalds Hotel on Saturday, attended by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun John Godward, Ilkley Parish Council chairman, Coun Alan Morrell, and their consorts.

Both civic heads were in their first week of office and expressed their desire to see relationships with Countances continue to flourish.

Before their departure on Sunday, the French delegation were invited to lunch at the home of Coun Anne Hawkes-worth and her husband, John.

The French visitors were hosted by members of the twinning committee.

Ilkley’s twinning committee said: “These visits from Coutances are not a ‘free jolly’ provided by tax payers for those involved at this end. Ilkley members willingly covered their own expenses in hosting our friends from Coutances.”

The committee is keen to include more Ilkley people in developing relationships with Coutances.

Anyone interested in joining the twinning association is asked to contact the secretary, Margaret Smith, on 01943 601336.

Ilkley Twinning Committee’s annual general meeting will take place in the Council Chamber, Ilkley Town Hall, on Thursday, July 16, starting at 7.30pm.

A detailed report of the recent visit will be given at this meeting, and discussions will take place on the development of future civic and personal relationships with Coutances.

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10:31am Sun 31 May 09

bailey19 says...

What an absolute load of old tosh!! Doesn't anyone else feel that this is a blatant waste of our hard-earned tax payers money?!?!?

Ok yes, please maintain long-standing relationships with overseas friends, but don't dress it up and use money from the council coffers to do it!!!!!
If the link means so much to you, then dig your hand in your pocket and pay for it yourselves!!
In this current economic climate, this stinks!!

There are far more deserving causes in our community who could have used the money for a more worthwhile cause!!

These fat-cat councillors make me so b****y angry!!!

And as for Anne Hawkesworth......acc
ording to the latest attendance figures published by the IPC, she managed to attend only 3 meetings in the last year, out of a possible 36!! Another of them, Angus Hartley attended only 6!!
It's about time these people stood aside and let local people who actually give a care about what happens to their town sit on the council!! Hawkesworth and Hartley either need to show more of an interest in their community and attend meetings or stand aside and let someone take their seat who actually wants to do some good!! Bah!
What an absolute load of old tosh!! Doesn't anyone else feel that this is a blatant waste of our hard-earned tax payers money?!?!? Ok yes, please maintain long-standing relationships with overseas friends, but don't dress it up and use money from the council coffers to do it!!!!! If the link means so much to you, then dig your hand in your pocket and pay for it yourselves!! In this current economic climate, this stinks!! There are far more deserving causes in our community who could have used the money for a more worthwhile cause!! These fat-cat councillors make me so b****y angry!!! And as for Anne Hawkesworth......acc ording to the latest attendance figures published by the IPC, she managed to attend only 3 meetings in the last year, out of a possible 36!! Another of them, Angus Hartley attended only 6!! It's about time these people stood aside and let local people who actually give a care about what happens to their town sit on the council!! Hawkesworth and Hartley either need to show more of an interest in their community and attend meetings or stand aside and let someone take their seat who actually wants to do some good!! Bah! bailey19

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