Letter: Serious twinners, not junket cowboys

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Sir: It is particularly unfortunate that, as the European elections approach and the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings are upon us, your correspondent David Lockwood (1 June) decries 'twinning' as an opportunity for councillors to have a holiday on the council tax payers' expense.

I was Mayor of Petersfield in 1992 when our town twinned with Barentin, in Normandy. I and my fellow councillors were very pleased to endorse the twinning, especially as we felt it would give an opportunity for the young people of both towns to enjoy the benefits of seeing each other's culture at close hand. I am pleased to say that these links are forming and many people who otherwise would not have the chance to enjoy hospitality in a French town have now had that opportunity.

As for councillors enjoying a holiday - I can say that every penny has come out of our own pockets. With such a lot to learn about other cultures, I commend twining as a rewarding and educational experience.

Yours sincerely,


West Liss, Hampshire

1 June