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New Haverhill town signs are ‘very welcome’




New town signs with twin town's names have gone up in Haverhill''Pictured: Beryl Wilkens (secretary of Twin Town Association), Elaine McManus ( Haverhill Twin Town Assoc chairman) and 'town mayor, Roger Andre ANL-150113-113520009
New town signs with twin town's names have gone up in Haverhill''Pictured: Beryl Wilkens (secretary of Twin Town Association), Elaine McManus ( Haverhill Twin Town Assoc chairman) and 'town mayor, Roger Andre ANL-150113-113520009

The installation of new town signs at five different entrances into Haverhill have been welcomed.

New boards displaying the names of Haverhill’s twin towns in both France and Germany - Pont St Esprit and Ehringshausen - have been added to the existing signs.

The signs had previously displayed the twin towns’ names but those names were removed following a decision in January 2012 by the Haverhill Area Working Party - at the recommendation of ONE Haverhill - to have new signs put up that carried the cb9 logo.

The loss of Pont St Esprit and Ehringshausen from the signs led to a request from Haverhill Twin Town Association (HTTA) to Haverhill Town Council for help in having the new ones put up.

Those signs have now been erected, much to the delight of HTTA chairman, Elaine McManus.

She said: “On behalf of the twin towns association I would like to thank Haverhill Town Council and (Haverhill Mayor) Roger André for doing this for us because they are wonderful.

“When our visitors come to us it’s not very nice to see Haverhill signs with no twin towns mentioned on them.

“When we go to Germany or France, Haverhill is mentioned on their signs so it’s a bit embarrassing when they come here.

“We were not asked about them ( the new signs put up in 2012) at all. They just went up and suddenly there was no twin towns mentioned at all on the signs.”

Mr André said: “We are delighted that the town twinning signs have been restored at the gateways to our town.

“We are proud of our long tradition in our links with Ehringshausen in Germany and with Pont St Esprit in

France.

“Exchanges between our twinned communities support cultural links and demonstrate our outward looking engagement with our European cousins.

“The life of our community is enriched through our links and our shared histories.

“Our young people are growing up in a world of international commerce and community co-operation – our international links provide a springboard for their aspirations.”



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