July invitation follows successful November Templeuve visit.

Hollingbourne has been invited to visit Templeuve in July for a series of events following a successful visit yesterday by representatives of the Hollingbourne Twinning Committee and the Leeds and Hollingbourne branch of the Royal British Legion to Templeuve in order to lay wreaths on the graves of the two British WW2 soldiers in the Town Cemetery. In previous years a coach has gone from Hollingbourne on 11th November for the twin town’s Armistice Day events which are attended by hundreds of people.

This year five residents went on a the day trip that was organised by Barbara Gibbs and they were met by James Tosh of the Templeuve Town Council and members of the Templeuve Veterans Association. A lunch in the Bascule Restaurant in the Town Square followed the laying of wreaths at the graves of the two soldiers that are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

During the visit an invitation was issued to Hollingbourne to come in July when the whole town will be “en fete” for a Music Festival in Templeuve on 13th July, Bastille Day on 14th July, and the World Cup Final on 15th July when a giant TV screen will be erected in the Town Square and the bars and restaurants will be open. Additionally on 15th July the Tour de France will pass through the town. More information is available from Derek Davison (Tel 880650) or from any member of the Twinning Committee. Templeuve en Peveule is close to Lille in France and about 90 minutes by motorway from Calais.

It is hoped that Templeuve will again send a coach to the Hollingbourne Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on 9th June.

Pictured below are some of the pictures of the day.

Members of the Hollingbourne party at the the British graves. Left to right, Jenny Cox, Barbara Gibbs, Janice Butler, Aline, one of the French hosts, John Gibbs, and James Tosh of the Templeuve Town Council.
Barbara Gibbs and Janice Butler at the British war graves and the French colour party from the Templeuve Veterans Association.
The lunch at the Bascule restaurant following the wreath laying ceremony. From left to right are Janice Butler, James Tosh (standing), Jenny Cox, a member of the Templeuve War Veterans Association, Barbara Gibbs, Derek Davison, and John Gibbs plus other members of the Templeuve War Veterans Association.