Mayor of Wisbech and members of Wisbech Arles Twinning Club celebrate more than 50 years of twinning

Charter signing

Charter signing - Credit: Archant

The mayor of Wisbech and members of the Wisbech Arles Twinning Club signed a new charter and planted an olive tree as part of an eight day celebration.

The commemoration, which was held in aid of the twinning that happened over 50 years ago, welcomed hundreds of people into the town hall.

Mayor David Hodgson said: “The twinning is one of the most special things this town has been involved with.

“It’s been one of the biggest successes”, he added.

The vice president of Wisbech Camera Club was also presented with a gift.

Arles is famous for its Roman amphitheatre and was briefly Vincent van Gogh’s home - the artist produced more than 300 paintings and drawings during his time there.

It also hosts “Rencontres D’Arles”, an annual international photography festival.

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Next year the club members hope to welcome students from Arles to Wisbech on a work experience style programme where they can learn the English language and new skills.