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Twin town guests fly in to forge links

PUBLISHED: 16:26 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

Bromley Town Twinning Association with their hosts    outside Neuwied’s town hall – and a London taxi owned by a member of the Neuwied Town Twinning Association.

Bromley Town Twinning Association with their hosts outside Neuwied's town hall - and a London taxi owned by a member of the Neuwied Town Twinning Association.

AN ANNUAL visit from people living in the borough s twin town 300 miles away is due to take place. More than 30 visitors from Neuwied in Germany will fly in to Gatwick next Thursday for a reception at the Civic Centre, Bromley, at 10.30am next Friday. T

AN ANNUAL visit from people living in the borough's twin town 300 miles away is due to take place.

More than 30 visitors from Neuwied in Germany will fly in to Gatwick next Thursday for a reception at the Civic Centre, Bromley, at 10.30am next Friday.

The Neuwied group will attend the reception before making a day trip to Brighton and will return for a social evening next Saturday evening at 8pm at The Widmore pub in Bickley.

Every year a delegation from one of the towns visits its twin to form cultural and friendship links between the communities.

The twinning scheme, launched in 1987, also forges relationships with similar businesses and organisations and provides individuals an opportunity to travel to the area, learn about different cultures and meet new friends.

Last year it was Bromley's turn to visit Neuwied and groups that have visited the town range from young musicians to the Ravensbourne Morris Men who have become celebrities in the Rhineland town.

The Bromley Youth Music Trust will be the next group to visit Neuwied, playing in an open-air concert at Neuwied's Rommersdorf Abbey in July.

All activities are funded by the Bromley Town Twinning Association with money raised voluntarily through membership subscriptions and social events. The association has built up a working fund standing currently at over £3,000.

Neuwied is a town of 65,000 lying on the right bank of the Rhine some seven miles from the city of Koblenz where the waters of the Rivers Rhine and Main converge.

It is home to the 18th-century palaces of Neuwied and Engers and the beautiful Rommersdorf Abbey and castles within close distance include the Schloss Augustenburg used to host visiting world dignitaries when nearby Bonn was the capital of the then West Germany.

Each year, a Bromley Shield of Honour is awarded in recognition of those who have made a lasting contribution to the friendship between the two towns.

The latest award was to the first chairman of the Neuwied association, the late Wilhelm Kohler, and it was presented to his widow Ute and his daughter, Annette, at a ceremony in Neuwied attended by members of the Bromley association.

n If you are a club, school or business, the Bromley Town Twinning Association can put you in touch with your equivalent in Neuwied. If you are an individual or a family who plans to visit Neuwied, they can help you find contacts. Write to or e-mail Peter Brown, Chairman, Bromley Town Twinning Association, 80 Glentrammon Road, Orpington, Kent BR6 6DG. Telephone 01689 851605. E-mail Peterbrown80@btopen world.com.

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