Strengthening links to French twin town

Picture by Ken Lynch
Picture by Ken Lynch

People living in a twin town visited Chronicle Country over the bank holiday.

A large contingent from Malaunay in Normandy visited Sandy.

No fewer than 56 French visitors made the trip with regular twinners accompanied by an orchestra from the music school of Malaunay under the direction of their leader, Jordane Avril.

The visit began with a reception at the council offices hosted by the town’s mayor Susan Sutton.

On Saturday the group travelled to Peterborough and then on to Flag Fen.

On their return to Sandy the orchestra went to Sandye Place academy for a rehearsal in preparation for the evening concert and enjoyed a buffet provided by Gunns bakery.

The evening concert featured the Lower School and community choirs from St. Swithun’s , under their director, Angela Knight, as well as a programme of English music performed by the Malaunay orchestra.

On Sunday morning the children in the group visited Hitchin’s National Schools Museum.

The rest of the day was spent with families and in the evening some of the group were present at the concert at St Swithun’s church featuring the East Beds Chamber choir and Sandy Upper’s choir.