From Mid Sussex Times, dated May 6, 1993
Haywards Heath is now twinned with Traunstein in Germany.
A proud delegation of the town’s dignitaries have just returned from the formal ceremony at the Bavarian twin.
The official twinning declaration was signed by Haywards Heath mayor Sue French, Twinning Association chairman David Turner and Traunstein’s Oberburgermesiter (senior mayor) Fritz Stahl.
The formalising of links follows years of exchanges between pupils from Oathall Community College and a school in Traunstein since 1976 and five years of visits between members of the Anglo-German societies in both towns.
Traunstein is on the south east of Germany on the edge of the Alps.
Mrs French said: “Twinning’s main purpose is the widening of horizons and the promotion of international friendships.”
Mr Turner said: “It’s an ideal place to twin with.
“We look forward to a long and fruitful friendship with them.”
Mr Turner added that he hoped that the friendship and exchanges could help reduce the fear of European unity still widespread in Britain.
A crunch meeting has been set up in a bid to get a scuppered early-morning commuter service from Burgess Hill back on track.
Representatives of the town’s commuters and council will try to persuade British Rail to reinstate the 7.11 direct from Burgess Hill to London Bridge.
Town council leader Heather Ross is backing the commuters’ campaign as she is worried people may move out of Burgess Hill if the service is scrapped.
“If people are thinking about going it might just make the difference.
“It would have a detrimental effect on the number of houses sold in Burgess Hill,” she said.
Mrs Ross added British Rail were ‘using’ the commuter. “They are paying about £2,000 a year each for their tickets.If you pay that amount you expect a decent service,” she said.
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