30 years of twinning was celebrated when Wigan Borough signed a symbolic charter to reaffirm its relationship with Angers.
Wigan Borough has been in partnership with the French town since 1988 and the Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Sue Greensmith, pledged continuous commitment to Angers last week.
Twinning between Angers and Wigan Borough gives residents of both places the chance to learn about different countries and cultures and also develop relationships with schools and community groups.
The French delegation arrived in Wigan on Thursday 5th July with a welcome ceremony in the Mayor’s parlour. During their stay, the delegation visited a book exchange event at Wigan Library and went to the Wigan Community Day on Saturday 7th July.
Speaking about the symbolic signing, Councillor Greensmith said: “By reaffirming this long-lasting friendship, we are able to continue our efforts to promote a cross-disciplinary partnership in culture, sports, education, tourism and more.
“The charter confirms our commitment to regular exchanges so we can continue to build our relationship and we look forward to learning more from Angers in the coming years.
“We welcome the delegation with open arms as always and hope they enjoy their trip here.”
The charter was jointly signed by Michelle Moreau, First Deputy Mayor of Angers on behalf of Christophe Bechu, Mayor of Angers and was celebrated with the launch of a specially brewed beer by Holgates brewery.