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The History behind Twinning

Albert French was 16 years of age when he was killed in action on 15th June 1916, he lays buried in a cemetery in Ploegsteert 8 miles south of Ypres, Belgium.

After a chance discovery of letters from the late Albert to his sister at home, moves were made to formally twin the two towns of Wolverton and Ploegsteert with an official Act of Twinning in May 2006. The Affirmation of the Twinning Charter was signed by representatives from the two councils and for a number of years now the two towns have taken it in turn to visit one another.

Besides aiming to maintain relationships and encourage exchanges, promote and continue mutual friendships, there is a special clause, to ‘continue to pay tribute to Albert French whose story has forged a lasting bond between our two communities’ A unique bond has developed, particularly between the two bands Wolverton Town Band and Ploegsteert’s Harmione Royal marching brass band who have provided residents and officials with numerous concerts and entertainment since being twinned.

  

'The Concert of Two Bands' 2017