French connection moves a step closer

The Town Hall at Caudry, France
The Town Hall at Caudry, France
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Fylde sports and cultural clubs are being invited to play their part as a formal link with a second Continental twin town moves closer for Lytham and St Annes.

The town’s joint Twinning Association is to host a delegation of officials from Caudry in France later this year – and is eager to get local clubs involved in showing what they have to offer and taking part in exchange visits.

A statue in Caudry portraying the French town's links with the lace industry

A statue in Caudry portraying the French town's links with the lace industry

Thirty four years after it established a twinning link with Werne in Germany, the Association hopes its bid to twin with Caudry will move substantially closer when the French delegation, led by mayor Guy Bricout. heads for Fylde in July.

Association chairman Tony Ford (pictured inset) said: “We are close to establishing formal links but Caudry and ourselves are eager to develop some sporting and cultural links to make the most of the partnership.

“We would like to hear from sporting clubs who might be interested in taking part in competitions in Caudry and in hosting teams from the French town.

“There will be an opportunity to meet with the French delegation. We have set up a networking event so that our French visitors can meet and talk to interested organisations.

“Fylde Rugby Club is already on board, not only providing the venue for free but intending to have some of their coaches and team managers there as well.

“But Caudry is keen to develop links on a cultural level and we are eager to recruit choirs, musical ensembles, bands and orchestras who might want to visit in the future.”

Details of how to get involved from tonyford19@gmail.com or 07831 415482.