North East Derbyshire District Council recently welcomed two visitors from North East Derbyshire’s German twin town of Darmstadt-Dieburg.
Council Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, presented them with two civic plates to show appreciation of the many years of twinning past and the many years still to come.
In 2023, North East Derbyshire will celebrate 60 years of twinning with the German town.
Council Leader, Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, said: “Most people are aware of the positive benefits of twinning. There has been an established link between North East Derbyshire and Darmstadt-Dieburg for a number of years. We are now exploring new and effective ways of twinning between our communities.”
Inge Eckmann and Franz Zoth, members of the Darmstadt-Dieburg Twinning Committee, attended our Council offices in Wingerworth to speak with Cllr Thacker about closer links between Darmstadt-Dieburg and North East Derbyshire and to discuss future projects.
Speaking after the presentation, Inge said: “We hope to keep with the idea of twinning and do more partnership activities in the future. We are very happy to have been welcomed so warmly.”
Cllr Thacker added he hoped links between schools could now be strengthened, perhaps through the use of technology such as Skype or Lync.
Pictured (from left): Franz Zoth and Inge Eckmann accepting the civic plates from Council Leader Cllr Martin Thacker MBE.