London, May 2018. A high-level delegation of Portuguese MPs and British Embassy officials went on a fact-finding visit to Twickenham along with the Chairman of the Portuguese Centenary Appeal, Anthony Bailey.
During their short stay, the delegation, which was led by the British Ambassador to Portugal, HE Kirsty Hayes, visited the Church of St James’s and viewed the two memorial windows recently unveiled marking the Portuguese War Dead of WW1 and the last King of Portugal and Twickenham resident HM Dom Manuel II.
The Deacon of the church, Mr Nick Reynolds, introduced the visitors to the church and explained its unique history with Portugal and its Royal House as well as the efforts made by my parish priest The Rev Fr Ulick Loring to highlight and bring attention to this important European relationship.
The delegation also met with the newly elected Leader of the Council of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Gareth Thomas and London MEP Dr Charles Tannock.
The delegation consisted of the following personalities, which can be seen on the attached picture from left to right:
Manuela Romano de Castro, Political & Press Adviser, British Embassy Lisbon
Nick Reynolds, Deacon, Church of St James’s, Twickenham
Ana Guapo, Parliamentary Group Assistant, PT-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group, Lisbon
Ricardo Baptista Leite MP (member of Portuguese UK Parliamentary Friendship Group; opposition centre right PSD)
Carla Sousa MP (member of Portuguese UK Parliamentary Friendship Group; ruling Socialist Party PS)
HE Mrs Kirsty Hayes, Her Majesty’s Ambassador, British Embassy, Lisbon
Inês Domingos MP (Chair of Portuguese UK Parliamentary Friendship Group; opposition centre right PSD)
João Dias MP (member of Portuguese UK Parliamentary Friendship Group; Communist Party PCP)
Ana Guapo, Parliamentary Group Assistant
Katharine Felton, Head of Political Section, British Embassy Lisbon
Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of the Council of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Anthony Bailey OBE, Chairman of the Portuguese Centenary Appeal,
Chris Sainty, Her Majesty’s Ambassador designate to Portugal.
For more information on the Appeal please visit www.portugueseappeal.org