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|Title:||Celebration of 25th Anniversary of Town Twinning|
|Subtitle:||Doncaster & Herten|
|Author:||Doncaster College |
|ID & Publication:||20140711028 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
A delegation of civic leaders from both Doncaster and Herten, Germany attended dinner at Doncaster College’s Waterfront Restaurant to mark the 25th Anniversary of Town Twinning and were welcomed with a few words from Principal & Chief Executive of Doncaster College and University Centre, George Trow.
Burgermeister, Dr Uli Paetzel noted that he was extremely happy to be twinned with Doncaster, and explained that it is great that elected Mayor Ros Jones is keen to establish European connections. The partnership was agreed and signed on 20th February 1989 and throughout the past 25 years a number of cultural, commercial and civic links have been established and maintained.
The town of Herten which is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, also commemorated the event with an evening of over 200 attendees enjoying music and dancing.
There are strong links between Doncaster and Herten in the form of exchange trips established by local schools and there are equally strong links between Doncaster’s Youth Jazz Association and Armthorpe’s Elmfield Band with their counterparts in Herten in which reciprocal visits have taken place.
Business Development Consultant, Anwar Choudry who coordinated the event explained that ‘We were delighted to play our part in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Town Twinning building upon the links that are already in place and exploring potential future opportunities for training and education that this partnership could provide, in particular for Doncaster, but the South Yorkshire region also’.
This news items brings back personal memories for me.. I was privileged to be selected to take part in a student exchange visit with students from Herten. I guess that would be about 1989 - so maybe that was one of the first civic links that took place after the twinning was signed. We were based at High Melton and travelled to various places around the country. I took part in the return trip to Herton the following year. Very happy memories of some great places visited with some great people.
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