A TREE planting ceremony in Hebburn helped a half-century of entente cordiale to branch out.
The event at Fountains Park, Station Road, marked the 50th anniversary of Hebburn and South Tyneside being twinned with Noisy-le-Sec, in the eastern suburbs of Paris.
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, led the ceremony, after visiting the French town earlier this year.
During their stay, their French counterparts planted a ginkgo biloba tree to mark the anniversary.
Referred to as ‘bearer of hope,’ the tree was one of few forms of vegetation that survived the Second World War atomic blast in Hiroshima.
The Mayor promised he would also plant a ginkgo biloba tree in South Tyneside.
Coun Gibson said: “The tree planting ceremony represents the borough’s commitment to building on the lasting ties already in place between South Tyneside and France, as we plan ahead for the next 50 years.”
Coun Richard Porthouse, a Hebburn North ward member, said: “We are very proud with the way our town twinning partnership continues to go from strength to strength.
“The people of Hebburn have nurtured the bond down the years and relish the prospect of continuing to develop the association, which has founded many friendships and acquaintances down the years.”