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Monday 26 August 2019

Twin towns convene at annual festival

Gwenda Thomas, Ross McParland, Keith Thomas, Stephen Stokes, Kathleen Kelleher, Alan Williams, Hywell Williams, Carol Williams, Rob Henderson, Richard Parry, Nicola Henderson, Shirley Parry, Sue Williams, Dewi Thomas at the Holyhead Festival
Gwenda Thomas, Ross McParland, Keith Thomas, Stephen Stokes, Kathleen Kelleher, Alan Williams, Hywell Williams, Carol Williams, Rob Henderson, Richard Parry, Nicola Henderson, Shirley Parry, Sue Williams, Dewi Thomas at the Holyhead Festival

Simon Bourke

The ties between Greystones and Holyhead were celebrated at the Welsh town's annual festival last weekend.

The two have been twinning partners since 2012 and, to celebrate this relationship, members of the Greystones community were invited to the Holyhead Festival 2019.

Ross McParland of Greystones Whale Theatre and former Mayors Stephen Stokes and Kathleen Kelleher crossed the channel at the invitation of their Welsh counterparts and enjoyed a wide variety of festival events.

These included the Carnival Parade, evening concerts, a charity run, Breakwater Race, RNLI rescue display, majorette competitions and a Hearts of Oak historical re-enactment.

They were then shown the Holyhead Town Theatre and travelled to local landmarks, including the famous harbour of Beaumaris, Holyhead Country Park, Trearddur Bay, South Stack Lighthouse, Holyhead Maritime Museum, the Menai Straits, and Llynnon Mill; which is the last working windmill on Anglesey.

Future twinning events are planned and it is hoped that the first sailboat to travel from Holyhead to the new harbour in Greystones, the Becki IV, will make a return visit later this month.

In addition, with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon, a delegation from Holyhead will make the short journey across the Irish Sea for Ireland's warm-up game against Wales on September 7.

Later this year the famous Holyhead Santa will join Greystones for the turning on of the Christmas lights in November. They will be accompanied by the Holyhead Male Voice Choir who will perform in a joint concert with the Newtownmountkennedy Male Voice Choir.

Discussing the relationship between the two towns, Kathleen Kelleher said, 'Greystones and Holyhead have been twinning partners since 2012. We thank our Holyhead hosts for a warm welcome last weekend. And we look forward to seeing them all again at our big events in November.'

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