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Ipswich - Arras

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Ipswich - Arras

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Picture of the Rededication in 2004
Rededication in 2004

The first Charter of Cooperation was signed in September 1993 and rededicated in 2004.

The link between the communities of Ipswich and Arras is based on the mutual objectives of promoting educational, economic , cultural, sporting and social exchanges.

Over the past few years, many exchanges have taken place and links have been forged, including:

  • between pupils and teachers of Suffolk New College, the University of Artois and Arras Lycées
  • work experience placements
  • visits and tours between football teams
  • performances by the Ipswich Choral Society and its French counterpart
  • between the Triangle (Ipswich) Motorcycle Club and the Moto Club Arrageoise
  • participation in the Ipswich Music Day and Fêtes de la musique by Ipswich and Arras musicians
  • tourism exchanges
  • tourism and economic development exhibitions
  • mutual support for economic development; and a European Commission supported project involving the Ipswich and Arras Rugby Union Clubs

About Arras

Picture of Vimy Ridge
Vimy Ridge

Arras is situated just one hour's drive from the port of Calais and has many different attractions. Historically, Arras was an important military centre since Roman times and many battles have been fought for control of the city.

The First World War saw major battles in and around Arras and the city centre itself was almost completely destroyed. Many battlefield memorials exist on the plains and hills surrounding Arras, including Vimy Ridge, the Somme and Thiepval.

Under the Place des Héros – the smaller of the two main city squares - old chalk workings were used by the British Army as an underground garrison with tunnels stretching many miles to the front line. The tunnels – les bouves – are today open to tourists.

Picture of Place Des Héros
Place Des Héros

The city is also home to a wonderful museum and the impressive Abbey St Vaast.

Other attractions include a massive market held every Saturday morning on the Place des Héros, the reconstructed Flemish buildings surrounding the main squares and a wealth of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Arras is ideally situated for excursions to Lille, the beautiful waterlands of the Somme valley and Paris, which is just one hour away by TGV.

For further information contact:

Kevin Marsh
Ipswich Borough Council
Email: kevin.marsh@ipswich.gov.uk
Telephone: 01473 432021


Mme Betty Contart
Relations Internationales
Centre Administratif Municipal
Place Guy Mollet
BP 913
62022 Arras
Email: b-contart@ville-arras.fr
Telephone: (00 33) 3 21 50 51 01

The two communities also have supporting Associations which play a major and important role in supporting exchanges – with both logistical help and linguistic expertise. Membership is open to all with an interest in the Ipswich-Arras link.

For further information contact:

Mr John Field
Ipswich-Arras Association
60 Henley Road
Email: johnfieldconsultancy@btinternet.com
Telephone: 01473 211396


M. Alain Lautel
Arras-Ipswich Association
Email: alain.lautel@wanadoo.fr

Ipswich Borough Council - Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2DE - Tel: 01473 432000