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Trip shows twinning links healthy as ever
9:00am Monday 14th October 2013 in Ledbury
LEDBURY’S links with its Swedish twin town of Stromstad are as healthy as ever, with a trip for November being planned and a bursary in place to encourage future visits by local residents.
A small group from Ledbury, including former town mayor Clive Jupp, will visit Stromstad between Thursday, November 28, and Sunday, December 1, to see Christmas lights switched on.
Coun Jupp has also been invited to take one lesson at a Stromstad secondary school, and he is planning to talk about Ledbury in the Second World War.
Twinning group spokeswoman Hilary Jones will also attend and said: “The links are still strong. We had a group from Stromstad to the Ledbury Poetry Festival, and another party in August.”
Mrs Jones travelled out to Stromstad in March to experience Stromstad’s “Winter Word Festival”, which she described as the town’s equivalent of the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
And the Ledbury Swifts went to Stromstad this summer to take part, once again, in an annual international tournament of soccer.
More trips are likely, with the setting up of the Bernard Williams Bursary. This is named after a former member of the twinning group and will provide funds up to £100 to facilitate trips to Stromstad by Ledbury people.
This autumn, it is likely that HMS Ledbury will pay a visit on a date still to be announced.
The twinning arrangement came into place more than 12 years ago, and the group will celebrate its successes with a quiz and social evening at Ledbury Town Football Club on Saturday, October 26, from 7.30pm. Swedish style snacks will be on offer. Tickets and further details are available on 07779 432289.
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