The links between Ashington, Newbiggin by the Sea and the Remscheid area of Germany go back to the early 1950’s.

The Ashington & Newbiggin by the Sea Town Twinning Association was formed, in 2018, with the aim of encouraging more people to take part in town twinning as well as providing practical support in developing and organising exchange visits between the two areas.

After a successful first year, the organisation is now holding a meeting on Wednesday 30 October, at the Newbiggin by the Sea Salvation Army Community Hall (Vernon Place, NE64 6ED), commencing at 7.00pm.

The Association is inviting people to come along to find out more about town twining and how they can get involved. The organisation is planning a trip to Remscheid, in 2020, which will be discussed at the meeting.

Mr Peter Millar, Chair of the Association, said ‘We are delighted that the Association has had a successful first year where we have assisted with visits to our area as well as members visiting Remscheid. We extend a warm invitation to anyone who may be interested in town twining to come along and find out about the work of the Association‘.

The signing of the town twinning agreement, in 1952, commenced formal links between Ashington, Newbiggin by the Sea and the Remscheid area.  A rich history of friendship has been developed with many cultural and sporting exchanges taking place over the years as well as a focus on encouraging links between the young people of the two areas.

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.  This made a commitment to work together to promote town twinning and foster friendship between the peoples and the Association is playing an important role in this work.

If you require any further information on the Association and the meeting please call Bill Gale, Secretary of the Association, on tel: 07706 820 099.