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History was made in Haverhill on Saturday when the town hosted an Essex and Suffolk Joint Twinning Congress for the first time.

The event at the West End Congregational Church was hosted by the Haverhill & District Twin Town's Association (HTTA).

The HTTA had only attended a regional congress for the first time in October 2018.

Haverhill hosted the Essex & Suffolk Twinning Congress Annual meeting for the first time on Saturday. Picture by Mecha Morton
Haverhill hosted the Essex & Suffolk Twinning Congress Annual meeting for the first time on Saturday. Picture by Mecha Morton

HTTA chair, Elaine McManus. "It was really interesting and I was pleased that we put our name forward last year to host it."

The Congress is a non-political, self-funded group of Twinning Associations from Essex and Suffolk that meets annually to share ideas and information and to discuss ways of improving and extending links with its European neighbours.

It brings together twinning associations from across East Anglia to share ideas and experiences.

The meeting was attended by twinning organisations from Brentwood, Great Waltham, Waltham Abbey, Sudbury, Stansted, Panfield, Lowestoft, Tendring, Stowmarket, Felixstowe, Dunmow, Chelmsford, Ongar and Bury St Edmunds.

Mrs McManus said HTTA secretary Beryl Wilkens was congratulated by the Congress for the hard work she had put in that resulted in four associations attending for the first time in many years

The Mayor of Haverhill, Cllr John Burns attended the opening and welcome and Patrick Crouch, from Haverhill & District Local History Group gave a 30-minute presentation about the town's history.

After the meeting a lunch was laid on for all those present, paid for by the Congress.