An open meeting of the Ashington & Newbiggin by the Sea Town Twinning Association will take place in October.

The Association was formed in April with the aim of cementing the links between Ashington, Newbiggin by the Sea and the Remscheid area of Germany that go back to the early 1950’s. The meeting will be on Tuesday 23 October and they are encouraging people to come along to find out more about town twinning and how they can get involved.  The meeting will take place at the Newbiggin by the Sea Salvation Army Community Hall, on Vernon Place (NE64 6AR), commencing at 7.00pm.

The town twinning agreement was one of the first between the United Kingdom and Germany following the Second World War.  The objective was to develop peace and understanding between the nations and the concept is as probably relevant now as it was at the time.

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 developed and continues right up to the current day.  Many cultural and sporting exchanges have taken place over the years as well as a focus on encouraging links between the young people of the two areas. A number of visits have taken place in 2018 and more are planned in 2019.

The Association has recently featured on BBC Radio Newcastle and Mr Peter Millar, the Chair of the Association, said ‘We are delighted to develop the Association which we are sure will build on the links that have been made over the past sixty years.  We would like to extend a warm welcome to residents, as well as organisations, to the meeting so they can find out more about town twinning and how they can become involved’.

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

The photograph is of the famous Mungsten Bridge in Remscheid.