Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell accepting a Mayoral sash from Mayor of Pozieres (France) Bernard Delattre during his visit to Warwick yesterday.
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell accepting a Mayoral sash from Mayor of Pozieres (France) Bernard Delattre during his visit to Warwick yesterday. Erin Smith

Peter Blundell and Bernard Delattre have French connection

THEY do not speak the same language and live more than 15,000km apart but there is one thing the Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell and French Mayor Bernard Delattre have in common.

They are both mayors of Pozieres.

Mayor Blundell's Pozieres makes up a small part of the southern end of his region.

Mayor Delattre's Pozieres plays a large and important part in Australia's history.

It was in Mayor Delattre's Pozieres where 7000 Anzac soldiers were killed and 16,000 troops wounded in the space of six weeks.

With the Anzac centenary approaching Mayor Delattre and the Pozieres Remembrance Association (based in Australia) are raising money to build a memorial park for the victims of this battle in the French town.

Warwick RSL Sub-branch member Georges Durieux, who lived in the same part of France as Mayor Delattre, helped translate as the Mayor greeted the councillors and guests gathered in the council chambers yesterday.

"It is fantastic to be here," he said.

"I am the first Mayor of Pozieres to come here to this region.

"The story of the Anzacs is an important one to the village of Pozieres."

Mayor Delattre presented Mayor Blundell with his Mayoral sash which left Mayor Blundell deeply humbled.

The Frenchman did not leave empty handed, taking with him a basket of local produce.

Anyone interested can help the Pozieres Remembrance Association with their quest to build a memorial park by visiting pozieresremembered.com.au.



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