A British Legion Standard of Buxton Branch 1921 was presented to the Mayor of Buxton’s twin town Oignies last weekend.
Buxton’s Charles Kitchen presented the standard to Jean-Pierre Corbisez in memory of fallen soldiers who lie in the cemetery in Oignies.
Six Buxton soldiers died in May 1940 during the German advance of Calais.
They were buried in the cemetery alongside French, German and other British soldiers.
In 1965, three members of the Buxton British Legion who served in the battle, visited the town to find the graves and pay their respects to the fallen.
The then-Mayor of Oignies heard of their visit, welcomed them to the town and the idea of the twinning was born.
The British Legion Standard presented, is the original standard used at the inaugural visit in 1968 and before the word Royal was gifted by the Queen.
Friends of Oignies and Amis de Buxton Twinning Associations were officially agreed in 1968 and this unique twinning has continued ever since.
The visit to Oignies, every other year, is always during the last weekend in May and includes a commemorative ceremony at the gravesides of the Buxton soldiers followed by celebrations of friendship at a big dinner and on a day out to a local visitor attraction where two teams compete for a trophy during fun and games.
Buxton members made a triumphant return this year with the trophy for the fourth year in a row.
To find out more or join the Friends of Oignies, contact Anne Johnson on 01298 23772.