Higham Ferrers celebrates 30 years of twinning with German town

Higham Ferrers mayor Cllr Tina ReaveyHigham Ferrers mayor Cllr Tina Reavey
Higham Ferrers mayor Cllr Tina Reavey
A planned trip in honour of the anniversary has been cancelled due to Covid-19 but it is hoped it can be re-arranged for 2021

Higham Ferrers may not be able to celebrate its 30 years of twinning with Hachenburg now, but is hoping to re-arrange its plans for next year.

The town's mayor Cllr Tina Reavey was due to visit Hachenburg this August as part of the twinning visit and mark 30 years of the association.

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The Twinning Treaty was signed by Cllr Mrs Anna Sauntson in 1990 during the first twinning trip to the town situated in the Westerwald region of Germany.

The town of Higham Ferrers values the special friendship and relationship they have had with Hachenburg over the past 30 years and as the trip was cancelled due to Covid-19, Higham Ferrers Town Council are sending a gift to mark the anniversary to the mayor of Hachenburg.

Despite being unable to make the trip this year, Cllr Tina Reavey still hopes to visit in 2021.

Hachenburg has many similarities with Higham Ferrers, including its well-preserved town centre with many beautiful old buildings in a style called fachwerke in German and half-timbered in English.

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The town is in the heart of a beautiful region and has an area close by called the Kroppacher Schweiss which is an area very reminiscent of Switzerland with small villages nestling in wooded valleys, and the magnificent abbey at Marienstatt which is nearby.

The twinning group visits on a bi-annual basis with a group visiting Higham Ferrers on the alternate years.

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