45th Anniversary Visit


Saline and Brecon celebrated the 45th anniversary of their twinning with an October, 2011 visit by Brecon friends who were welcomed by the residents of Saline for a two week fall tour of Michigan.

Mayor Gretchen Driskell and Mayor Pro Tem Brian Marl made the official welcome to Brecon Cllrs. Rosemary Evans and Martin Weale. Former Saline Mayors Hon. Donald Shelton, Mark Hopper and Patrick Little welcomed the Brecon friends as well. A big "Good Morning Saline" from the Brecon contingent was aired on local television

After a brief respite in Saline, the group was off for a fall tour of the beautiful West coast of Michigan. The scenery and the lighthouses were beautiful and the wine was a surprise treat.
Back "home" a trip to nearby Detroit was highlighted with a dinner cruise on the Detroit River
A "Progressive Dinner" at various Saline homes ended with dessert and wine at the Stone Arch in Saline where everyone was greeted and entertained by the Saline Fiddlers
Other visit highlights included a visit to nearby Sauder Mill, Indiana, a session at an historic one room school, a dinner train ride, and BIG ice cream at a 50s diner
A bit more "cultural" side trips included the Gilmore Car Museum, The Air Zoo, and the Fire Truck Museum
And on the sporting side, there were visits to the Michigan International Speedway and  the largest American football stadium at the University of Michigan
There were many informal family visits with old and new friends and then a fond farewell dinner at the "Brecon Grille"

(photos by Jim Roth, Bruce Westlake and Don Shelton)

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