French visitors arrive to mark 36 years of town twinning

The water rugby match between Beccles and Petit-Couronne.

The water rugby match between Beccles and Petit-Couronne. - Credit: Archant

While people across Britain travelled to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, visitors from Petit-Couronne in France travelled to Beccles to celebrate 36 years of twinning.

The visitors, who stayed with local families, were treated to various activities including a trip down the River Waveney on the Big Dog Ferry and a musical evening at Beccles Sports and Social Club.

Their trip ended last Sunday evening with the hotly-contested water rugby match playing for the Beccles and Bungay Journal plate at Beccles Lido.

The game, which was devised and umpired by Chris Capps-Jenner, Beccles director of youth rugby, ended with a victory for Petit-Couronne who won the game 7-3.

Beccles Mayor Caroline Topping presented the plate to municipal councillor Conchita Dambrine.

On Monday morning Tesco in Beccles provided a farewell breakfast in their staff canteen.

Organisers would like to thank all the hosts, organisations and people who made the weekend such a success.

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Anyone who would like to find out more or join the Beccles Twinning Association can contact Beccles Townhall, visit, email or call 01502 712109.