New links with Normandy town

PUBLISHED: 15:28 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH could forge new links with a French seaside town in Normandy that set the scene of a vital battle in World War 2.

EXMOUTH could forge new links with a French seaside town in Normandy that set the scene of a vital battle in World War 2.

Town Clerk John Wokersien and Mayor Joy Whipps are embarking on a fact finding tour this week to France to explore further the possibility of future official links.

Port-en-Bessin, like Exmouth, is littered with memorials around the town to our war time heroes who helped free 'Fortress Europe' from the control of the Axis Powers.

Port-en-Bessin has a memorial to 47 Commando who liberated the town from Nazi hands on June 7, 1944.

Reverend David Devenney of CTC Lympstone approached the council last year - as Royal Marines already go over there to pay homage to the war dead.

Rev. Devenney said to the council last year last year that they were "keen to foster relations and to make those relations formally recognised."

He also suggested that Exmouth dignitaries could participate in D-Day parades at the French town's memorial gardens - while the two town's secondary schools could also work together.

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