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Twinning cements continued co-operation with Europe

12th February 2019 Posted in Community News

Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham, as President of Bracknell Twinning Association, joined the Bracknell delegation at an EU funded weekend of reflection on the centenary of the end of World War I. The Lord Mayor of Leverkusen welcomed the Bracknell delegation, including a pupil from Easthampstead Park School, and representatives from Leverkusen’s twin towns of Jülich, Schwedt, Villeneuve d`Ascq and Ratibor.

For the past four years the Opladen History society has researched the history of the First World War resulting in the launch of a WW1 exhibition and 640 page publication “Endings of WW1 in the European Homelands” which demonstrate how the war progressed in seven Leverkusen twin towns.

“This weekend has been an important occasion to reflect and learn from the tragic past of WW1 and to share and appreciate other countries’ perspectives presented by Leverkusen and its twin towns. It rests firmly on all our shoulders and the shoulders of the younger generation to continue to cement and develop European co-operation, partnership and friendship,” said Bracknell Town Mayor Cllr Sandra Ingham.

The Lord Mayor of Leverkusen Uwe Richrath thanked contributors from the different cities for their great commitment and said: “When we come together here in memory of the World Wars, we all stand for European cohesion, a European sense of community which is one pretty modern invention.”

Bracknell Twinning Association works with Leverkusen to arrange regular visits to their partner towns and in particular to facilitate exchanges between local interest groups, schools and sports clubs and for work experience. If you would like to host German visitors this summer or if you would like to attend the Twinning fundraising Supper Quiz at Braybrooke Pavilion, Bracknell on the evening of 22nd February please contact Bracknell Town Mayor.


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