THE mayor of Ellesmere Port has been on an official visit to Ellesmere Port’s twin town, Reutlingen in Germany.
The mayor, Cllr Angela Claydon, was accompanied by two of the ‘Friends of Reutlingen’ group, Peter Shephard, an honorary alderman from the previous Ellesmere Port and Neston Council and lieutenant commander Toni Cioma from the Sea Cadets.
Cllr Claydon said: “I was delighted to receive the invitation from Reutlingen’s Lord Mayor, Frau Barbara Bosch, to visit the town.
“We were invited to be honoured guests at the topping out ceremony of their new Stadhalle, an impressive 1,500-seat concert hall close to the medieval city centre of their town.
“And we also had meetings to discuss projects that might benefit the communities of both Reutlingen and Ellesmere Port.”
Frau Bosch is interested in keeping the links going between the two towns which began in 1964.
Over the years many families in Ellesmere Port have had links with Germany, through school exchanges and cultural and sporting activities.
She is keen to develop work placements with German students visiting Ellesmere Port to work and Ellesmere Port students working in Reutlingen.
Frau Bosch added: “Students do not need to worry if they have not learned German in school as English is the international language of business.
“Anyone who comes to Reutlingen on a work placement will be made very welcome.”
Two parties of school students are visiting Ellesmere Port this month and Cllr Claydon will host both groups as mayor.
The first group is visiting the University Church of England Academy.
Group two is visiting Whitby High School and the Friends of Reutlingen group are hosting their stay at the Sea Cadets centre. Several trips to Reutlingen by various groups are also being planned.
Peter Shephard added: “We were delighted with the enthusiasm and support from all in Reutlingen.
“The Friends of Reutlingen was formed to maintain and enhance the educational, cultural and sporting links already established between the two towns.”