CELEBRATIONS took place in Kirkby this weekend to mark the 10-year anniversary of the town being twinned with Ronchin northern France.
The French visitors, as well as four from Germany, were hosted by Ashfield families and, on Saturday, the Mayor of Ronchin Monsieur Alain Rabary joined Ashfield District Council’s vice-chairman Ken Knight, Council Leader John Knight, and Deputy Leader John Wilmott, members of the Kirkby and Ashfield District Twinning Association and guests for the signing of a charter to renew the friendship between the two towns.
Afterwards, the visitors were treated to an afternoon of entertainment from Ashfield School Choir, the Christine March School of Dance, the Ripley Green Garters and harpist Nick Achurch.
The delegate also enjoyed an evening celebration at the Magdalene Centre in Sutton.
On Sunday, the festivities continued when Ronchin Gardens were officially opened off Lindleys Lane by Coun Ken Knight and Monsieur Rabary.
Secretary of the Twinning Association Eileen Gandy said twinning was building about friendship.
She said: “It started in a very small way - but it has grown into something important for the town and for the area as well.
“We wanted to put a positive side forward, something for people to be proud of instead of all this negative publicity.”
She added that groups in the towns have had the chance meet up and celebrate both their similarities and differences.