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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.


Twinning 2020

2020 Twinning Ceremony 


Twinning 2019 Celebrations

The two bands playing together at Kings Community Centre

Group picture of cake cutting at Kings Community Centre

Group picture at Kings Community Centre

'The Concert of Two Bands' 2017

Wolverton Town Band marching in the Square.

Poppy wreaths displayed around the Memorial in Wolverton Square.

Poppies in a field.