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Preston’s town twinning partnership is being renewed

Posted on - 29th August, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston Council, Preston News
Recklinghausen's main hall and Preston Station
Recklinghausen’s main hall and Preston Station

Preston City Council has approved the request made by Preston Twinning Partnership (PTP) to renew the Service Legal Agreement (SLA) with the Council for the delivery of non-civic Town Twinning activities for the year 2022/2023.

Preston recognises the value of international exchange and has links with the following four towns across Europe giving citizens the opportunity to come together with sister cities over a wide range of interests and activities: Almelo, Nimes, Recklinghausen and Kalisz.

Town twinning is a form of legal or social agreement that started in Europe following the Second World War between two geographically and politically distinct localities for the purpose of building strong community links, especially for towns that suffered during the wars.

Read more: A tale of two cities ā€“ visitors from Kalisz celebrate 30 years of twinning

Preston spotted in the South of France Pic: Shireen Bahadur
Preston spotted in the South of France Pic: Shireen Bahadur

The agreed report covered that the Executive Member for Resources is recommended to note the work undertaken by the Preston Twinning Partnership during 2021-2022; note the proposed planned activities for 2022-2023; and agree to approve the sum of Ā£3,500 to the Preston Twinning Partnership for 2022-2023 subject to the Council entering into a Service Level Agreement with Preston Twinning Partnership for one year.

A spokesperson for Preston Twinning submitted a letter to the Council stating that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of their planned activities with the towns were curtailed which was the reason they didn’t apply for an extension for the year 2021/2022.

Read more: Preston and Recklinghausen celebrate 60 years of twinning

The PTP plays an important role in promoting and working with all of Prestonā€™s Twin Towns. The arrangements through the SLA, with PTP, allows the continuation of Prestonā€™sĀ Town Twinning activities and events that may not occur via the Council alone due to limited in-house resources. The first SLA was entered into duringĀ June 2006Ā and has continued year on year.

The secretary of Preston Twinning said in the letter: “Our activities are beginning slowly to normalise, but I am not yet able to predict the events Preston Twinning is going to organise and host in this coming year 2022-2023.

“But it is with great pleasure and pride to inform you that we were able to send a Preston Twinning delegate to theĀ Nimes conference on Autism at the beginning of this month to give a well received presentation of her experience on the subject.”


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