I wouldn't say town twinning
has had its day - far from it - but I think it will be a different sort of relationship in the future with less mayors flying between cities exchanging greetings and more links between communities facilitated by social media and the internet.
Whilst large cities tend to have a town twinning
department where paid staff look after everything from school exchanges, sports matches, wine tastings and concerts to marketing, fundraising and PR, smaller towns and villages still have to rely on a few committed individuals willing to give their time and energy for free.
Cllr Bob Brady with English and German members of the town twinning
Llanfairfechan town twinning
association members on a visit to Pleumeleuc in Brittany
This visit highlights the very real benefits town twinning
brings to our young people and those from overseas," said councillor Alan Kerr.
Bill Gale, who has been involved with town twinning
arrangements between the two areas for over 30 years and has worked with Ashington Town Council in supporting the visit, said "We are delighted that the brass band has come to the area.
It was formalised in 1974 when the two entered into a town twinning
Mr Gleave was also a member of two town twinning
associations and a former treasurer of Huddersfield German Circle for 10 years.
began after the Second World War as a way of promoting reconciliation and friendship.
Six town twinning
schemes and five civil society projects have been awarded Golden Stars for Excellence in European Citizenship.
Margaret added: ``In 2000, members even devised, performed and recorded their own musical,Dream, which was also performed in Wormhout as part of the town twinning
originated in the 1920s, but it was after the Second World War that it really took off.