|Since 1992, Hexham, a small town in the north of England, has
become Noyon's twin town together with Metzingen.
It is a triangular twinning. Indeed it is in Metzingen, in 1989, that Bertrand
Labarre, Mayor of Noyon, met David Oliver,
then chairman of the twinnig commitee.
If Hexham is not so well known by the continental tourists,
it has however many assets. Very close to Newcastle,
a great city of one million inhabitants, it is surrounded by the green
hills of Northumberland and is the closest town to Hadrian's wall.
A portion of the wall can be recognized here. It used to protect
the Roman Empire from the barbarians of the north, the Picts, ancestors
of the Scots, and it was the limit of the Roman influence in the north.
All around Hexham, the countryside is beautiful, wild and romantic.
The town itself is really
lively. All sorts of shops and stores, located around its splendid abbey,attract the inhabitants of Hexham and those of the neighbouring villages.
There are also many English tourists who come to visit the Wall and the
Roman Museums in the area. Besides, numerous stately houses and gardens
can be visited too.
Les activités de jumelage
Who are the town twinning members?
To have a look at the portrait gallery
In fact, since the beginning of the 90's, the contacts between Noyon
and Hexham have been frequent and very warm. Every other year, a party
from Hexham visits Noyon and the year after, a party from Noyon goes to
Hexham. These (unfortunately) short trips are open to all the inhabitants
of the two towns and of their neighbouring villages. To join, it is very
simple, just contact the "Comité de Jumelage
Noyon-Hexham, Hôtel de Ville, 60400 Noyon" or David Hindley,
Hexham's Town Twinning secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
The participants are hosted by families and numerous and strong friendships
have developed. Indeed, a real network of friendships including, of course,
people from Metzingen is now linking the three towns. Many people in Noyon
have friends in both towns, friends who often know each other too.
And this is what town twinning is all about : to develop friendships