Published Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth put the official seal on successful and enjoyable exchange visit between members of the Hinckley town twinning association and visitors from its German twin town, Herford this week.
Members of the 15 strong Herford delegation were welcomed to Hinckley by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs Janice Richards at the start of a week-long visit .
During the visit, the delegation explored Hinckley Museum and sampled traditional pub food at the New Plough and Steaming Billy in Hinckley as well as travelling farther afield to visit the coast and other attractions including Blenheim Palace and Oxford. The visit ends with a farewell party and barn dance taking place on Friday 31 July at Stoke Golding Club. Starting at 6.30pm, the event is open to everyone and costs £6.50 per ticket including a buffet and dancing.
Town twinning between Hinckley and Herford dates back to the 1960s and continues to this day thanks to the efforts of town twinning association members who host the visitors in their own homes. Town twinning became popular soon after the end of the Second World War and to begin with, many of the links were between towns from countries that had up until then, been divided by war.
Twinning brings people together, allowing citizens of the twinned towns to experience and explore other cultures. It encourages economic development and trade opportunities. It can also enable young people to get involved with their counterparts from a different country, helping to overcome stereotypes and encourage tolerance and understanding.
Birgit Sieker-Witte, the new chair of the Herford group and first time visitor to Hinckley thanked the Hinckley hosts, adding: “The hosts are looking after us very well and have organised an interesting and varied programme for the week. Others in the group have travelled to Hinckley numerous times, but this is my first time and I’ve been made to feel very welcome.”
- For more information about town twinning or to join the local group contact Trevor Baxter, of the Hinckley Town Twinning Group, on 01455 273855
Last updated: 29/07/2015 11:25
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