Journal, June 3, 2004

Fifty years of twinning between Newmarket and the French towns of Maisons Laffitte and Le Mesnil le Roi will be celebrated this weekend.

One of the highlights will be the signing of the re-affirmation of the twinning agreement at Tattersalls on Sunday. This will form part of a day of events at the Park Paddocks complex including music from Newmarket Town Band and items from Nomads and the Ellesmere Devils amateur drama groups.

initiated in France by the late Barry Lynham and officially agreed on October 5, 1954, the 50 years of continuous twinning is the longest known between the UK and France. The first meetings of the twin towns were held in Newmarket in 1954 under the auspices of the former Newmarket Urban District Council which continued to support the twinning activities for the next two decades Earlier this year Newmarket Town Council took over as the official twinning authority.