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"We actually found several on the road map we had with us, one in Scotland and several others, but the Newburgh in Lancashire seemed to be the most like us," Anne said.

"When the visitors came for our 700th anniversary, there was a marquee dinner and dance in medieval costume," Porter said. "All the Newburgh USA visitors were in costume."

sent, Brian Howard, then the town clerk of Newburgh, Lancashire, found the letter in a box and brought it to the attention of the Newburgh Parish Council. They agreed he should respond.

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"Many of our original friends have passed and on my last visit in 2009, I walked though the cemetery of the Parish Church and saw familiar names mingled with stones that are hundreds of years old," Anne said.

The trip also gives visitors a chance to see much deeper into history than what America can offer. While Newburgh, Ind., is only just over 200 years old, Newburgh, Lancashire, is more than 700 years old.

A chance discovery of a road sign while on vacation in England led Anne Rust Aurand and her husband, Bernard Gene Aurand, of Newburgh to help establish a "twinning" relationship between communities 4,200 miles apart.

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Photos by KYLE GRANTHAM / Courier Press

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Nearly two years after the couple's trip, an official reso

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"It had been a blind send, just addressed to the town manager of Newburgh hoping someone at the post office would take pity and pass it on to the proper person," Anne said. "That's just what happened."

An old mill sits along the Leeds Liverpool Canal just outside Newburgh, Lancashire, and has been Hermes Kelly 32 Vs 35 converted to apartment buildings. The boats lining the canal are Omega Constellation Manhattan

"Gene and I were in the Carnaby Street area of London and found a street called Newburgh Road," Anne said. "We laughed at the idea of finding Newburgh Road in London and then wondered out loud if there was a Newburgh Road, was there also a Newburgh?"

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The two small towns have a lot in common. Those similarities are what led the Aurands to reach out to Newburgh, Lancashire, with the prospect of becoming sister cities, or "twinned."

The relationship between the two towns has gone strong for nearly 20 years, even as those who forged it passed on.

The couple sent a letter to Newburgh and hoped it would fall into the right hands.

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canal routes instead of the traditional mule that normally would pull the boats down canals.

called and were originally used as trade vessels throughout the United Kingdom. The boats are still used as houseboats by many people and were the main form of interstate commerce throughout the area. The term it out, many locals say, comes from the times when narrowboat drivers would have to use their legs to push their boats through tunnels along Omega Seamaster 600 1965

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"They were all full of giggles and whispers before we dressed to go to the fireworks and town festivities," Anne said. "When they came out they were wearing Union Jack T shirts and Union Jack wigs, those big hair, fuzzy kind! They were hilarious and everyone loved it."

The two looked at maps and found more than one Newburgh in the United Kingdom.

"The evening of the actual signing was amazing," Anne said. "We were announced 'Counselor Bernard Aurand and His Lady, Anne, from Newbra uh Burgh, Indiana, United States of America,'" Anne recalled, noting the pronunciation differences between the names of the two towns. "Of course, they all at some time try getting into the 'wrong' side of a car."

Gene too passed away in 2001, and in 2006, Anne bought an old red English phone booth and donated it to the town with the provision a plaque be placed with it to pay tribute to Gene for his role in securing and nurturing the twinning. With the addition of the phone booth, it gave the towns one more thing in common.

Across the pond, a similar signing took place, but with much more pomp and circumstance. The Aurands were the guests of honor.

Americans haven't been the only ones to dress up on exchange visits. Porter and his wife, Shirley, paid Newburgh, Ind., a visit for July Fourth celebrations one summer and surprised their hosts.

lution was signed in Newburgh, Ind., on Jan. 26, 1994, declaring Newburgh, Lancashire, a sister community and naming all residents there honorary residents of Newburgh, Ind.

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