Burnley’s central library had the atmosphere of a Parisian boulevard on Saturday 15th October, as the venue was transformed into a European cultural centre to celebrate the latest award to be given to the town.
French tricolours flew alongside the Union Jack, an accordionist played French style music, and there were Madeleine cakes for guests. A French style café, films, exhibitions and even a magic show added to the atmosphere.
The event was opened by bilingual students from Burnley College. Children from Whittlefield Primary School sang songs, and prizes were awarded for paintings and “friendship” flags which had been designed by school students.
The occasion was the presentation of the “Flag of Honour”, awarded to Burnley for a range of activity to build good links – business and cultural – between the borough and Europe.
The role of Burnley Twinning Association, which organises regular exchange visits with Vitry-sur-Seine, was particularly highlighted by Baronness Massey, who made the presentation on behalf of the Council of Europe.
The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, said “I am delighted to accept this award for the people of Burnley. It honours the work of the Council, other organisations in the town, and especially the work of Burnley Twinning Association in improving relations between the people of our town and other European countries”.
The event was attended by guests from Vitry-sur-Seine; Julie Cooper MP; Burnley councillors; and many members of the families of the children who took part in the afternoon.