Harpenden celebrates 50 years of town twinning

Friends of Alzey at 50th anniversary celebration

Friends of Alzey at 50th anniversary celebration - Credit: Archant

HALF a century of town twinning has been celebrated by a 36-strong party from Harpenden including Town Mayor, Cllr Rosemary Farmer.

The Friends of Alzey travelled to the German twin town Alzey for a weekend of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the link. Alzey was also celebrating 40 years of twinning with its French counterpart Josselin.

A formal dinner with musical and film entertainment was followed by Cllr Farmer and the Deputy Mayor of Josselin unveiling a special signpost in the square outside the StadtHalle pointing to the two towns.

The weekend included a trip to a winery and a three-day conference on climate protection with visits to a wind farm and solar power facility.

The Mayor of Alzey, Christoph Burkhard, presented the Friends with a medal in honour of their contribution to relations between the two towns. As usual, the visitors stayed with host families.

John Lough, chairman of the Friends of Alzey, praised the efforts of the German organisers: “We had a fantastic time, It was a privilege to be part of these celebrations that were a reminder of the strong relations with Alzey that have been built up over the years.