Celebrations to mark 60 years of town’s twinning

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A youth band from Harrogate is to travel to the Pyrenees to celebrate 60 years of the town being twinned.

Harrogate was the first in the country to be twinned, a town called Luchon, near the French Spanish border, chosen as its partner in 1952.

To celebrate 60 years of twinning the Mayor of Luchon has invited a Harrogate band to visit and the Tewit Youth Band is now to take part in its Fete des Fleurs.

Members of the band will set off today, August 23, for a 24-hour coach journey to Luchon.

When they arrive they will join other international bands, dancers and floats for three days of celebrations and marching.

They will be joined by the former Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Les Ellington and his wife Chris, who visited the town during his tenure in August 2011 and who was responsible for securing the invitation.

A new drum major sash, proudly showing the official Harrogate crest, was made to mark the occasion, and will be worn throughout the festival.