Brackley comes together to celebrate twinning milestone

Brackley town mayor Jim Broomfield is pictured with deputy mayoress Debbe Perry, High Sheriff Ahmed Mukhtar and Lord Lieutenant David Laing. NNL-150110-121358001
Brackley town mayor Jim Broomfield is pictured with deputy mayoress Debbe Perry, High Sheriff Ahmed Mukhtar and Lord Lieutenant David Laing. NNL-150110-121358001

Another milestone in Brackley’s illustrious history was commemorated on Sunday when town mayor Jim Broomfield welcomed visitors from the German town of Montabaur.

The event was to celebrate 40 years of continuous twinning between the two towns and 33 visitors from Montabaur spent a weekend in south Northamptonshire where they enjoyed a guided history walk, dancing from Brackley Morris Men and a civic reception in the town hall.

The original twinning signing of Brackley and Montabaur in 1975 when John Wild was the Town Clerk, Keith Davies the Mayor of Brackley, and Wilhelm Mangels the Mayor of Montabaur. NNL-150110-121346001

The original twinning signing of Brackley and Montabaur in 1975 when John Wild was the Town Clerk, Keith Davies the Mayor of Brackley, and Wilhelm Mangels the Mayor of Montabaur. NNL-150110-121346001

Rosemary Leeper of Brackley European Association said: “It was a very successful weekend, largely due to the months of fundraising, planning and sheer hard work undertaken voluntarily by members of the association who take on the responsibility of sustaining all the town’s twinning activities on behalf of the town council.

“It had really been a great occasion; new friendships made and existing ones deepened.”

The weekend had begun on Friday afternoon when deputy town mayor Fiona Baker welcomed the German contingent at the town hall and made an English teatime reception with scones, jam and cream and shortcake biscuits.

On Saturday the German visitors had a enjoyable day at Hill Close Gardens and the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick and on Sunday they enjoyed a relaxing day in Brackley at the Mercedes AMG Petronas site.

Brackley European Association’s next fundraising events will be a curry and quiz evening on Thursday, October 29 and a winetasting evening on Thursday, November 26, both in the town hall.

For more information call Anita Robbins on 01295 712338.