FROM CREWE, ENGLAND TO CREWE, VA

Ambassadors from UK make 3,661-mile trek to Nottoway
Hospitality And Diplomacy Former Mayor of Crewe, England, Diane Yates (center), was joined Friday night by, from left: former Crewe VA Mayor Greg Eanes, current Mayor Phil Miskovic, former Mayor Gerald Fuller, former Mayor Whip Wilson. Two other former Mayors of Crewe, VA were unavailable for Friday’s presentation: Lee Simmons and Sally Wilkerson. AT RIGHT: Mayor Miskovic, former Crewe, UK Mayor Diane Yates and her husband, Simon, traded gifts and souvenirs. Miskovic presented the visitors with a Crewe flag and proclamation, while former Crewe, UK Mayor Yates read a letter from the current Crewe, UK Mayor and presented Miskovic a pair of cufflinks. Miskovic said the letter and cufflinks will be framed and displayed in the Crewe Town Office.

Hospitality And Diplomacy Former Mayor of Crewe, England, Diane Yates (center), was joined Friday night by, from left: former Crewe VA Mayor Greg Eanes, current Mayor Phil Miskovic, former Mayor Gerald Fuller, former Mayor Whip Wilson. Two other former Mayors of Crewe, VA were unavailable for Friday’s presentation: Lee Simmons and Sally Wilkerson. AT RIGHT: Mayor Miskovic, former Crewe, UK Mayor Diane Yates and her husband, Simon, traded gifts and souvenirs. Miskovic presented the visitors with a Crewe flag and proclamation, while former Crewe, UK Mayor Yates read a letter from the current Crewe, UK Mayor and presented Miskovic a pair of cufflinks. Miskovic said the letter and cufflinks will be framed and displayed in the Crewe Town Office.

More than two dozen wellwishers turned-out Friday night at the Crewe Community Center to welcome a couple from the sister town of Crewe, United Kingdom.

Seeds for Friday’s event had been planted years ago. To strengthen the bonds between the “two Crewes,” Mayor Phil Miskovic — who made a brief, informal visit to Crewe, England in 2019 — has been exchanging occasional letters with his counterpart in England, acknowledging special events, Christmas cards, and so on.

When Diane Yates, a former mayor of Crewe, England, and her husband, Simon, an active member of the community, planned a trip to the U.S. to visit historic sites, they asked their current mayor and council if, while here, they could serve as “ambassadors” to Crewe, Virginia.

Simon reached-out in January to Mayor Miskovic, who brought the news to Council.

Councilwoman Anne Stinson took the lead on planning and organizing the event.

Former mayor, author, and expert on local and military history, Greg Eanes, spent two days with the Yateses, guiding them through local points of interest and allowing them to experience the culture of Southside Virginia.

 

 

On the afternoon of April 8th, Crewe Railroad Museum volunteer Doug Jones gave the guests a special tour of the award-winning museum. Mayor Miskovic then took Simon and Diane on a walking tour of downtown Crewe, followed by a visit to Crewe Cemetery and the grave of former Southern Baptist missionary to China, Lottie Moon (1840-1912).

Following the tour, a reception and dinner were held at the Crewe Community Center to honor the guests. Volunteers from the Railroad Museum, Homecoming Committee, and Chamber of Commerce were invited as a special “thankyou” for their countless hours of dedicated service to the Crewe community.

Dine-In Crewe catered a quintessential American meal: barbecue, cole slaw, green beans, corn bread, rolls, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and apple pie. Virginia wines — Two Schilling Red and Governor’s White from Williamsburg Winery. and a Horton Norton — also were available.

Representatives of the two Crewes exchanged symbolic gifts.

Mayor Miskovic presented the visitors with a Town of Crewe flag and proclamation, while former-Mayor Yates read a letter from the current mayor and presented a pair of Crewe cufflinks to Mayor Miskovic. The letter and cufflinks will be framed and hung in the Town Office.

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