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The Warminster Flers Twinning began as an idea born in France. The town of Flers in Normandy was liberated by the British 11th Armoured Division in August 1944. Sometime at the end of the 1960s, Jean Brisset and Father Amiard, both of Flers, confirmed this for themselves by making inquiries in London. Eventually some British Old Comrades Association members having connections with the 11th Armoured Division were invited by the Anciens Combattants (a serviceman's association) to join in the celebrations to commemorate the 1945 victory. These were held in Flers over the weekend of 8-10 May 1970.It was a general wish that the British links with Flers be strengthened. Because Warminster has past connections with the 11th Armoured Division, an invittion was sent to Warminster Town Council to come to Flers to discuss 'twinning' the two towns. This meeting took place in March 1972.After a town meeting in Kingdown School and a visit by the French later in the year, the idea began to take shape. On th 13th of May 1973 the Twinning Charter was signed in Flers and on the 1st July of that year the ceremony was repeated in Warminster. Since that time, the Twinning Association has exchanged visits each year.In 2017 the Association will be celebrating 44 years.
History of the Twinning