Residents of Billinghay and the French village of Ballon spent Saturday evening celebrating the silver anniversary of the twinning of their two communities with an evening of fine Lincolnshire fare at the Village Hall in Billinghay. The event, part of four days of celebrations, was attended by local people from all over the area who heard speeches (in English and French) as to the importance of the ties between the two villages and what the twinning has achieved in the last 25 years. A fantastic series of 'petites histoires' organised by Billinghay's French Club saw a willing Stephen Phillips MP dragged around the village hall dancing to some familiar French songs to the amusement of all. Speaking at the event, Stephen commended the twinning committees of both villages and said, "Whilst some of us continue to have real doubts as to the institution which the EU has become, none of us doubts that the strong ties which exist between communities such as Billinghay and Ballon have helped to assist us all in understanding our continental neighbours better. Many residents of Billinghay and Ballon have become firm friends across the years as a result of the twinning and I wish the links continued success in the years to come."
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