On Friday 31st May Ringwood Town Mayor, Cllr. Tony Ring hosted a civic reception in Ringwood Gateway for a party of visitors from Ringwood’s twin town Pont-Audemer, led by its Maire, M. Marcel Leroux.
Pont-Audemer is a town in Normandy notable for its historic street-pattern and striking architecture.
It shares with Ringwood a history and development defined by its relationship with its river.
The two towns were twinned in 1986 and exchange visits have been a regular feature of the relationship since.
M. Leroux brought with him an apple tree as a gift to the town and this was planted in the grounds of Quaker Court.
In expressing thanks for this gift and a warm welcome to the town Cllr. Ring said “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to celebrate the continuing relationship between our two towns.
Long may it continue!
I should like to acknowledge the hard work of the Twinning Association in Ringwood in supporting the twinning and organizing the visits.”
The Association welcomes new members and supporters. Further information about it is available from the Gateway or the Ringwood Community Network.
Photographs of the tree-planting and civic reception are attached, courtesy of Mr Derek Maidment.