Ashington today (10 May) welcomed visitors from its twin town in Germany.

Residents from the Remscheid area visited both Ashington and Newbiggin by the Sea as part of a weekend coach trip to the North East. On Thursday the party had a tour of the iconic Newbiggin Maritime Centre and met civic leaders before traveling to Ashington and visiting Woodhorn Museum. Ashington’s Civic Head, Cllr. Marjorie Chambers, went along to the Museum to welcome the party to Ashington and the UK.

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

In the spirit of the agreement the Ashington & Newbiggin by the Sea Town Twinning Association has been developed by people from the area 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 visit.

Mr Derek Gardiner and Mr Bill Gale, from the Association, have been active in supporting this visit which will also include a trip up the Northumberland coast and to Durham. In the picture is Cllr. Chambers welcoming the party with its leader Herr Jurgen Folle.

The Ashington & Newbiggin by the Sea Town Twinning Association meets bi-monthly and extends a welcome to anyone with an interest in town twinning. If you would like more information or would like to get involved please call Bill Gale on tel: 07706 820 099.