Exhibition marks anniversary of our twin town friendship

The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse is joined by the Mayor of Epinay Herve Chevreau at the launch of the photo exhibition at Jarrow Town Hall, with hairdresser Katie Kent.
The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse is joined by the Mayor of Epinay Herve Chevreau at the launch of the photo exhibition at Jarrow Town Hall, with hairdresser Katie Kent.

An exhibition of photographs of people from twin towns across the English Channel is being held in South Tyneside to mark a half century of friendship.

Images from across the English Channel have gone on display to mark the occasion.

Épinay sur Seine in France was twinned with Jarrow in 1965 and South Tyneside Council continued the relationship following Local Government reorganisation in 1974.

Now an exhibition of portraits entitled ‘50 Crusaders’ has been launched in Jarrow to celebrate the connection of people from the two towns.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition in Jarrow Town Hall, the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, said: “This exhibition is a special one because it celebrates the connection of our people in their everyday circumstances, at work and in their leisure time.

“The images demonstrate our commonality as Europeans and yet, at the same time, the portraits allow individuality and our distinct cultures to come through.

“The photographs symbolise how local people have been at the centre of our partnership for 50 years – one person for each year.”

The exhibition will tour around libraries, community centres and other venues in Jarrow until December, while the same exhibition will be taken around the neighbourhoods of Epinay to allow as many people as possible on both sides of the Channel the chance to celebrate the partnership between the two towns.

In the 50 years of the town twinning, hundreds of cultural, sporting and educational exchanges have taken place.

They range from exchanges involving schoolchildren and young people to visits by artists, choirs and musicians.

To mark the event, the Mayor of Épinay sur Seine, Herve Chevreau, visited South Tyneside to see the Summer Parade and take in some of the local attractions.

Épinay-sur-Seine is located in the northern suburbs of Paris, around seven miles from the centre of the French capital.

Jarrow’s French partner has also been twinned with German town Oberursel since the 1960s.