The visitors arrived by a variety of routes including road and air. The most interesting journey was by a couple who flew into Stansted on a no-frills airline and asked for train tickets to Liverpool where they intended have a day’s sightseeing before continuing to Hartford. They were sold tickets to Liverpool Street and directed to the London train, only discovering the mistake when they arrived in the metropolis. After queuing for an hour for a taxi to Euston, the Circle line being out of action following the terrorist bombings, they finally made it to their hotel at midnight.
On the Friday evening with everyone safely in Hartford, the first twinning event was a reception at the Village Hall where they were welcomed by the Chairman of the parish council, Richard Haffenden and presents were exchanged on behalf of the two communities. This was followed by a restaurant meal.
Saturday was spent with the host families and in the evening the Mornantais and their hosts attended a very enjoyable concert at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. On Sunday, all attended a barbecue at the home of one of the hosts. Despite a discouraging weather forecast, the sun shone and the afternoon was a great success.
Monday morning started with a photo opportunity outside the village hall, after which the action moved to Chester where, thanks to our county councillor, Cllr Shirley Harris, a lunch had been laid on at County Hall, together with a welcome by the vice chairman of the county council, Cllr Neville Price.
Included in the group photograph is a young lady from Mornant of sixth form age who, by coincidence, was staying for three weeks with a host family in Hartford while improving her English and obtaining work experience in her host’s business. She is second from the right in the photo. The first three people from the left in the front row are Alain Meyer, secretary of the Mornant twinning association, and Iris Isserlis and Dorothy Craven, chairman and secretary of the Hartford association.