Published Thursday 21 September 2017

Civic dignitaries from two countries met earlier today to celebrate 60 years of friendship.

60 years of twinning, Maidenhead and Saint-Cloud

Civic dignitaries from two countries met earlier today to celebrate 60 years of friendship.

Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr John Lenton greeted  Dominique Lebrun, the Deputy Mayor from the Parisian suburb of Saint-Cloud, on Thursday 21 September.

The three-day trip will see the eight-person delegation from France attending a host of special events across the borough, including a concert and short cruise along the Thames from Oakley Court Hotel to Windsor on the Bray Royale riverboat.

The visit will conclude with a celebratory dinner in the Guildhall, Windsor to mark 60 years of companionship and friendship between Maidenhead and Saint-Cloud.

Cllr John Lenton, Mayor of the Royal Borough, said: “I am looking forward to welcoming the Deputy Mayor and showing him some of the fantastic opportunities our borough has to offer.

“The links between us go back more than half a century and I look forward to seeing what the future will bring.

“We will be celebrating this significant historic anniversary while showcasing some of the very best features of our towns.”

The visit will see the civic representatives enjoy a performance by Tenebrae, a world leading vocal ensemble.

They will bring music from the Sixteenth Century back to life in Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.

The mayoral delegations will tour Maidenhead to see the regeneration sites and what the future holds for the town as they mark the anniversary.

The two towns were twinned in 1957, during a drive to forge new ties across the continent after World War Two. Saint-Cloud was partnered with Maidenhead as the towns had similar characteristics

Saint-Cloud is a suburb a few miles west of Paris named after a sixth century Frankish saint and son of King Chlodomer who sought refuge in the developing hamlet.

The French delegation will include the Deputy Mayor and his consort, representatives of the Council and members of the Association pour le Developpement des Echanges Internationaux – their Twinning Committee.

A section of the A4 outside the Magnet Leisure Centre has been named Saint-Cloud Way and the two towns maintain strong links through European Friendship groups and other organisations.

Maidenhead is also twinned with Bad Godesberg in Germany and Frascati in Italy. Windsor is twinned with Neuilly-sur-Seine in France and Goslar in Germany and the Royal Borough is twinned with Kortrijk in Belgium.