Baby’s birth strengthens Gosport’s twinning link

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THE connection between Gosport and its twinned French town has grown stronger after the mayor’s daughter gave birth in France.

Clare Bernard, 35, the daughter of the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson, gave birth in Saintes, near Gosport’s twinned town of Royan.

Maya Jade Bernard was born on December 20 and her father, Pascal Bernard, 38, is from Royan.

Cllr Dickson said: ‘The baby’s healthy and I’m just absolutely delighted to have a lovely granddaughter who’s now French.

‘It’s fantastic, especially as I’ve been involved with the twinning for six or seven years now.’

Gosport was twinned with Royan in 1959 at a meeting of Gosport council, attended by councillors and the then Mayor of Gosport Councillor C W L Giles and the Mayor of Royan Admiral Hubert Meyer.

Cllr Dickson has also informally made connections between the town and Gosport in Indiana, America, with children from schools either side of the Atlantic exchanging letters.

And earlier this month, two apprentices at Defence Munitions Gosport machined a hammer and gavel for Cllr Dickson to send to the American town council.

It follows Cllr Dickson’s self-funded trip to the American town earlier this year.