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Frank O’Fyle and 20 other local residents have returned to Petersfield after spending three days in Barentin, the town’s French twin.
Petersfield has made much of the Anglo-French relationship, going as far as naming a road in a new housing estate after the French resort.
O’Fyle said: “During our stay we were taken to Caen, Rouen and had dinner on the banks of the Seine. All very nice but we were taken to these places because there is absolutely nothing to do in Barentin.
“I really don’t know why we agreed to be twinned with such a banal place.”
This is all a far cry from the original hype when the twinning was arranged some years ago.
Petersfield is also twinned with Warendorf in Germany and we asked O’Fyle if a similar trip was likely to be arranged to Germany.
“Not by me” O’Fyle grunted. “I understand Herr Lipp might try to get a group together but I’m afraid this experience has put many of us off. Well I ask you, have you ever heard of either Barentin or Warendorf?”
O’Fyle seemed saddened by Petersfield’s choice of sister towns, adding: “This is a wasted opportunity. Leigh Park has the right idea; it is twinned with Pattaya, in Thailand, jokingly referred to as Sodom and Gomorrah-on-sea. Pattaya you understand, not Leigh Park – they clearly don’t border the sea.
“Any way, a group of 75 travelled out last year, eight came back with brides and the rest had fixed grins on their faces for weeks. There’s a lot to be said for a Siamese twin.”