A musical performance by young people from Ashington’s twin town in Germany took place on Friday (26 April) at Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

Students from the Remscheid Music & Arts College have been visiting Northumberland over the past week and provided performance as part of their visit.  

The performance featured a folk ensemble and string orchestra and included a wide variety of musical styles and tastes that was enjoyed by the good number of people who attended the event.

The links between Ashington, Newbiggin by the Sea and the Remscheid area in Germany go back to the early 1950’s and the town twinning agreement was one of the first between the United Kingdom and Germany following the Second World War. In 2015 a new partnership agreement between the town councils of Ashington and Newbiggin by the Sea and the City of Remscheid Council was duly signed by the respective mayors of each area reaffirming these links. 

As part of their trip to the area the young people also visited Woodhorn Museum & Northumberland Archives to gain a greater knowledge of the area. The visit was supported by the town councils of Ashington and Newbiggin by the Sea as well as the recently formed Ashington & Newbiggin by the Sea Town Twinning Association.  The Association has been developed by local people with the aim of encouraging participation in town twinning as well as to provide practical support in developing and organising exchange visits such as the current trip.

The Civic Head of Ashington, Cllr. Marjorie Chambers, and the Mayor of Newbiggin by the Sea, Cllr. Malcolm Peden, welcomed the young people to the area on the day.

Thank you to Woodhorn Museum and Newbiggin Maritime Centre for their excellent support.