On Monday 12 September Fareham will celebrate 50 years of twinning with Vannes, France.
HMS Collingwood will mark the anniversary by exercising their 'Freedom of the Borough' and marching through Fareham. Around 150 Sailors will march with 'colours flying, drums beating and bayonets fixed', accompanied by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines.
The march will start from the Civic Offices in Fareham at 10:45am, head down the High Street and then into West Street, where the Mayor will take the general salute and will inspect the platoons alongside her Vannes counterpart. This will be followed by an Arms Drill display, prayers and speeches. The march will then head out through the Falklands Arch, back up Quay Street, take a salute, and return to the Civic Offices, marching all the way.
Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Connie Hockley, said: "Over the past 50 years ties between Fareham and Vannes have gone from strength to strength. More than 2,500 young people have taken part in school or sporting exchanges between the two towns, and there have been numerous cultural and professional exchanges. I'm delighted to welcome representatives from Vannes as we celebrate this milestone."
Notes to editors:
Vannes is on the Gulf of Morbihan on the west coast of Brittany and is one of the most attractive tourist spots in the area. It dates from the second century and balances a proud heritage with a progressive and diverse hi-tech economy. The first exchange visits between residents of Fareham and Vannes began with Fareham Round Table in 1964. After other visits, it was agreed that the link should be formalised. Vannes is similar to Fareham in that it is a former port, has attractive historic areas and is a popular sailing centre. Charters were exchanged and formal twinning arrangements began in 1966.
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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