TWO decades of friendship with the German community of Durmersheim have been celebrated by Littlehampton Twinning Association.
The anniversary was marked with a dinner at Ham Manor Golf Club, Angmering, as part of a weekend visit by a party of around 50 from Durmersheim and a smaller group from Chennevieres-sur-Marne, near Paris, which is twinned both with Littlehampton and with its German partner.
Andreas Augustin, mayor of Durmersheim, told the dinner guests: "There is no better way to a unified Europe than people of different nations celebrating together."
He presented Littlehampton mayor Alan Gammon with an Indian ink picture by artist Oskar Sturmlinger, from Durmersheim, showing various Littlehampton landmarks. Mr Gammon thanked him for the "beautiful piece of artwork", which he later said would hang in the town council's New Millennium Chamber.
Other gifts were also exchanged between the three towns, including pewter keyfobs made by Fleur Grenier, of Littlehampton, which were presented to each of the visitors.
Dr James Walsh, chairman of Littlehampton Twinning Association, said of the 26 years' twinning with Chennevieres and two decades with Durmersheim: "What fun we have had over the years with our triple entente cordiale."
Chennevieres mayor Alexandre Mino said twinning was a good way to meet people and grow richer with all our differences.
The French and German guests, staying with host families in and around Littlehampton, arrived on Thursday, visited Chichester harbour and Fishbourne Roman Palace on Friday and had Saturday free to spend with their hosts before the dinner. They left for home on Sunday.
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