Sunderland to celebrate links with French twin

Visiting students from Saint Nazaire with then Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Norma Wright and Valerie Sibley
Visiting students from Saint Nazaire with then Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Norma Wright and Valerie Sibley
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ORGANISERS of an exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of the twinning of Sunderland and Saint-Nazaire are appealing to the public to help bring it to life.

Council bosses want to hear from anyone who has taken part in an exchange, hosted visitors from the French town or made the trip across the Channel.

Memories and mementos could take centre stage at a special exhibition, as part of this year’s Sunderland Festival, on Sunday, June 16, which will also feature clips of Wearsiders sharing their stories.

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council said: “It’s the people who live in Sunderland and Saint-Nazaire who bring the twining relationship to life and that’s why we’re asking anyone who has been involved in the partnership activities to contact us.

“If you have memories, artefacts or photographs that you are happy to share to help us build a 
fuller picture of the last 60 years, then we would love to hear from you.”

Last year, a delegation from Saint-Nazaire visited Sunderland’s university and college.

A group of 36 students from one of the town’s colleges, Lycée le Masle, travelled north to learn about business and education services in Sunderland.

Their tutor at the time, Marie-Laure Nicolas, told the Echo: “It’s been a great experience for our students to spend this time in Sunderland.

“We are delighted with both the quality of the work we have been able to deliver and the warm welcome that we have received.”

Anyone interested in contributing their memories can contact the Local Studies Centre on 561 8439 or email local.studies@sunderland.gov.uk.