TOWN TWINNING

Cyngor Tref Llandudno Town Council

Llandudno has been twinned since 1988 with the town of Wormhout situated in Northern France. The Town Council supports and arranges cultural visits between Llandudno and Wormhout each year to allow interested members of the public to engage in fellowship and friendship with our French counterparts.

Exchange from Wormhout

Just over 50 people from Wormhout travel to Llandudno for a weekend of hospitality with host families who volunteer to accommodate the French families during their stay. The visit usually takes place in April with a number of visits in and around Llandudno arranged during the weekend.

This year’s visit took place in April. A group of majorettes and dancers came to Llandudno in addition to the Mayor of Wormhout, members of Wormhout badminton club and French families. Activities arranged during the visit included a tour of the new RNLI Lifeboat station, a bus tour of Llandudno and Conwy and a visit to Liverpool.

The Mayor of Wormhout, Frédéric Devos, also laid a wreath at the Llandudno war memorial to remember those from both countries who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars. The Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Francis Davies, Members of the French & Town Twinning Committees and cadets and officers from the three cadet forces also attended.

The Mayor of Wormhout
The Mayor of Wormhout, Frédéric Devos laying a wreath at the Llandudno war memorial

Wormhout Football Trip

Usually occurring in May each year, a team of 20 pupils from local primary schools, with their teachers, are invited to compete in the annual Wormhout International Junior Soccer Tournament. As well as taking part in the tournament, the pupils are able to immerse themselves in the history of the town and the surrounding area.

In 2018, as well as laying wreaths at La Plaine Au Bois, the site of the Wormhout massacre and Wormhout cemetery, visits included the a visit to Ypres and the laying of a wreath at the Menin Gate.

Llandudno
Llandudno taking part in the 2018 football tournament

July Visit to Wormhout

Each July, a visit to Wormhout is arranged to coincide with the Wormhout carnival and music festival, with a group of 55 people from Llandudno participating. All participants contribute to the cost of the trip. Accommodation is provided by French host families and the Wormhout Town Council. Those on the visit are able to learn about the history of Wormhout, paying tribute to those who gave their lives during the Second World War and in particular those who died during the Wormhout massacre in 1940.

During the 2018 visit, the Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr David Hawkins, laid wreaths on behalf of the Town at the Wormhout war memorial, Wormhout cemetery and at La Plaine au Bois, to commemorate those who gave their lives during the Second World War. The Mayor also attend the official opening of La Plaine au Bois museum in the neighbouring town of Esquelbecque and was also invited to take part in Wormhout’s Civic Parade and Church Service.

The Mayor of Llandudno
The Mayors of Llandudno and Wormhout
The Mayor of Llandudno laying a wreath at Wormhout Cemetery
The Mayors of Llandudno and Wormhout laying wreaths at the Town’s war memorial

This year the group was joined by Llandudno Brownies. They also took part in the Wormhout Giants Parade, a parade of huge wooden and papier-maché figures representing the legends associated with each Flemmish town. The Parade was led by the Mayor of Wormhout, the Mayor of Llandudno, The Chairmen of the Wormhout and Llandudno Town Twinning Committees, Mr Roland Fiers and Cllr Greg Robbins and Miss Alice, Miss Carys Lambe.

The Wormhout Giants
The Wormhout Giants, Le Roi de Mitron and family

Thirty Cadets plus Officers from the Army, Sea and Air Cadet Forces also took part in this year’s visit. They participated in the wreath laying ceremonies at La Plaine Au Bois and the Wormhout Cemetery as well as parading in the Wormhout Civic parade and attending the opening of La Plaine au Bois museum. The cadets also spent the weekend commemorating the fallen of the First World War with visits to the Tyne Cot memorial and Brandhock Military cemetery in Belgium. The group were also awarded the great honour of taking part in the sunset parade and ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres.

cadets at Wormhout Cemetery
cadets at Wormhout Cemetery
Above, cadets at Wormhout Cemetery and La Plaine au Bois

If you would like to become involved with the work of the Town Twinning Committee by hosting some French visitors and perhaps taking part in one of the annual visits, please contact the Town Council.

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Location


Llandudno Town Council in a larger map

Contacts

Address:
Llandudno Town Council
Town Hall
Lloyd Street
Llandudno
LL30 2UP

Tel & Fax: 01492 879 130
Email: towncouncil@llandudno.gov.uk

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