Lytham St Annes Twinning Association was established in 1981. On 4  May 1984, a charter was signed by the  Fylde Borough Mayor,  Alderman  Eric Bamber and the Werne Burgermeister, Franz Joseph  Grüsse, to  cement a twinning agreement between both towns.

Over the years since, there has been a lot of activity involving regular  exchange visits, links and exchange visits with schools and  sporting  links between the tennis clubs of Werne and Lytham St  Annes.

In 2014, the association celebrated 30 years of twinning. To mark the  occasion and strengthen the relationship, a group of 38 from Werne  visited Lytham St Annes, in July 2014 (more)


Active links have been established for many years between Lytham  St  Annes High School and St Christophorus in Werne, and an  exchange of  visits by students occurs each year (more)

The Association is currently pursuing links with the French town, Caudry, in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. See below for current progress.


Key Aims and Objectives of the Association

 The Association promotes and develops an appreciation among Lytham St Annes residents of the culture and languages  of non-English    speaking Counties:

We aim to:

 A copy of the latest version of our Constitution can be found through the following link: Constitution, April 2014


If you know of any individual, group or organisation who would like to support or get actively involved in Twinning then

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Information about our previous visit in October 2012, together with access to photos and a detailed journal form this trip can be found on the following link - Werne visit 2012



 A Group Facebook Page entitled “Twinning - Lytham St Annes” has been set up to share information about twinning and create a  twinning social network. If you would like to join the Group, email your request to the Group Administrator, John Regan, If you are already on Facebook, you can “message” your request to him via Facebook.






    More information about progress on twinning with Caudry can be found     below:  Twinning with a French Town.

To talk to us about any of these events or news items, email us: or ring 01253 713885 or 781504



A group of 29, including the Town Mayor, Vince Settle and his wife Linda, pictured with Lothar Christ, Werne Burgermeister, representatives from St Annes Youth Council and the Fylde Coast Cloggers, visited Werne for the annual Simon Judas Festival from 22 - 28 October 2015. As usual we hosted a table in the International Tent, alongside Werne’s other Twinning Partners from Bailleul, France, Kyritz, former East Germany and Walcz, Poland. Our table included beer donated by Lytham Brewery, which sold out on the first night, along with other memorabilia and souvenirs. The hospitality and packed programme made this another very memorable visit.

More photos from the visit are available in the Photo Gallery: Photo Gallery

A presentation of the visit, given by Tony Ford in January 2016, can be viewed here: Werne Visit Oct 2015 (PDF)

The Fylde Cloggers, a local dance group performed a repertoire of 16 different dances and entertained our German hosts extremely well. Sue Whitaker, their leader said “It was a brilliant weekend”. They were an unexpected attraction as no one knew what clog dancing was. The photo shows them performing in the old Town Hall.

St Annes Town Youth Councillors (seated in the photo, with two of the parents), proved to be great ambassadors for the town, meeting up with civic leaders and engaging with the young people of Werne. The Burgermeister expressed an interest in how our Youth Council works and would like to see them in action.

More information about these events is on the

 Fund Raising Page


Our links with French town Caudry - are getting stronger.  A joint photographic event with each town has taken place. These show a collection of photographs which depict aspects of their respective communities. Caudry asked for scenes of a commercial/industrial nature because Caudry is an old industrial town famous for lace making. Our collection was put together thanks to the Lytham St Annes Photographic Society.  

A couple of photographs of each town are shown left and right. Each town will display the collections and we intend to do so in June 2017.

There are already some links between GB and Caudry. Packaging for their locally produced sweets is supplied by Preston-based Sabre Triad Ltd and all the machinery for their famous Lace Making derived from Nottingham in the early 1800s.

Today Caudry remains, with Calais, the only town in France where lace is still made. Famous wearers are, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Angelina Jolie and Amal Alamuddin / Clooney.

A delegation of 7 members of the Twinning Association, led by Chairman Cllr. Tony Ford visited Caudry in March 2017. The purpose of the visit was not only to meet up with civic leaders and twinning members, but also be part of the official opening of the Photographic Exhibition.  Everyone they met during the visit was kind, thoughtful and proud of what they had to show them. The itinerary included visits to:

·         the Somme battlefields and in particular the place where poet Wilfred Own spent his last night before  battle,

·         an old established Lace Making company call ‘Dentelles Laude’,

·         Musee Matisee,

·         Brasserie Du Cateau, until recently a functioning brewery

·         a fashion show.

In addition, a guided tour of the town itself and various Civic functions.

During the visit, the delegation visited two schools with a view to developing educational  links with Lytham St Annes. The pupils really enjoyed showing their English skills and are keen to set up links.

In the town’s War Graves the English delegation planted small memorial crosses next to the headstones of soldiers from Lancashire regiments who had fallen defending Caudry or had helped to retake it in 1918. WW1 poet Wilfred Owen died and is buried near Caudry.

A small selection of photos of this visit can be viewed via this link - Caudry March 2017

A delegation from Caudry’s Comitie de Jumilage (Twinning Association) could visit Fylde later in the year (2017). Also, the Twinning Association are working closely with AKS to strengthen educational links by developing an e.pen pal scheme and explore opportunities to exchange pupils’ art work.

A press release for the Lytham St Annes Express, 30 March 2017 edition, can be viewed via this link - LSA Express March 2017    

200+ photos from the visit, 10 - 13 March 2017 can be viewed here:



St Annes Pier sunset

Fairhaven Lake, Boat House