VISITORS from across the Channel were greeted by the Mayor of Erewash Cllr Robert Parkinson on Saturday.
The families from Ilkeston’s twin town Châlons-en-Champagne arrived for the 54th exchange visit between the two towns.
A choir from Granby Junior School, Ilkeston, welcomed the visitors with songs they had prepared.
The Ilkeston Twin Town Association members work with their colleagues in Châlons-en-Champagne to promote cultural links, with particular emphasis on sporting activities. This year Ilkeston will welcome representatives from gymnastics, athletics and basketball groups.
The sports clubs competed against each other in matches across the borough on Easter Sunday.