The entente cordiale was alive and kicking in April 1985 when a twinning agreement was signed between the Borders and the Thierache region of France at council HQ in Newtown.
The formalities set the seal on an increasingly important relationship – which featured cultural, economic and tourist ties – formed between the two areas during the preceding decade.
The year 1985 would see four groups – including handicapped people and children – travel between the areas.
It was pointed out that the Borders and Thierache shared similarities in important sectors – both had textile industries and faced agricultural problems.
Posing with the twinning agreement are, from left, the Borders Regional Council convener Councillor Tom Hunter and education committee chairman Felicity Ballantyne with their French counterparts, M. Dehoux, M. Boboeuf and Dr Hennebelle.