Angers: the French connection
For more than 20 years, Wigan has been twinned with the capital of Anjou, Angers. Located in the North-western France, Angers is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the Loire Valley region.
Visitors to Angers are often pleasantly surprised by the duality of Angers’ historical, patrimonial richness and its modern culture, as well as its economical dynamism.
In 1988, David Caley (Mayor of Wigan) and Jean Monnier (Mayor of Angers) both signed a Twinning Agreement that formalised the friendship and exchange between the two towns.
In fact, this friendship actually started ten years before it became official thanks to an English teacher from Angers and a French teacher from Wigan. They met whilst doing some research at the British Council in London to organise exchanges between France and England for their students. Their two establishments, the Angers Municipal Institute and Leigh College, then went on to create educational links which led the Wigan Borough to be twinned with Angers.
Since then, the twinning has gone from strength to strength. Nowadays, it not only involves schools but also sports clubs, music bands, cultural organisations and clubs, businesses, students, the elderly etc. Whether you are an individual or a business, you can get involved with the twinning.
To find out more about Angers and how you can benefit from the twinning, please have a look at our other web pages or contact the Ambassador from Angers - see contact details below.