Angouleme has been twinned with Bury since 1959. The original link was made because of their common industries, felt making and paper making, although these are no longer prominent in Bury. Angouleme has also diversified its industries. 

Situated on the River Charente it is north east of Bordeaux and east of Congnac, where distinctive wines, spirits and the fortified wine, ‘Pineau’, is blended.

It has a population of about 120,000 and is an important administrative centre. Angouleme is an old, recently restored, walled city with a magnificent medieval Town Hall, built originally as a castle for Marguerite de Valoise, sister of Francoise I, and a beautiful Romanesque cathedral, dedicated to St Pierre. 

Modern buildings include the Cine Film Museum. A film and cartoon festival is held each year, on a site close to the city ramparts. 

One of the town centre roads had been named ‘Boulevard de Bury’ (just as Bury has ‘Angouleme Way’), with an English red telephone box on it. In addition to Bury, 

Angouleme is twinned with towns in Canada, Germany, Mali, Russia, Spain, USA and Romania.

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Tulle has had a twinning link with Bury since 1969 (with Prestwich prior to the formation of the Metropolitan Borough in 1974). 

It has a population of 29,000 and is situated on the River Correze. Tulle is the regional capital for Correze and is an important centre for commerce and industry, although its former major industry (the production of explosives) is in decline. 

It is 50 miles south of Limouge and 100 miles south east of Angouleme. 

Tulle has a cathedral in the centre of town. On market days it is surrounded by stalls, selling traditional local produce and other goods. Adjacent to the Cathedral are two museums; the Cloister, showing monastic finds, production of local lace – Pointe de Tulle – and the Mauguin accodian and the other dedicated to the Resistance movement. 

Other important buildings include the Centre for Regional Government (developed on the site of and restoring part of an old monastery) and the Prefecture. 

Passage de Bury is situated between two main roads leading into the town centre. It has a red telephone kiosk and the letter box (donated by Bury), a garden and play area for children.