A special event has rounded off a week of activities to celebrate Crewe and Nantwich’s close links with towns in Germany and Poland.
Cheshire East Mayor Councillor George Walton and Leader Councillor Michael Jones both attended a dinner at Peckforton Castle to celebrate the 21st anniversary of Crewe and Nantwich’s relationship with the German town of Bischofsheim.
A party of 28 Germans has been visiting Cheshire East over the past six days, led by Mayor Ulrike Steinbach.
There is also a small Polish delegation of four from Dzierzoniow, headed by Vice-Mayor Ryszard Szydlowski.
Dzierzoniow is twinned with Bischofsheim and has a friendship agreement with Crewe and Nantwich.
The trip was organised by the Crewe and Nantwich Twinning Association (Canta).
The visitors have spent time touring the two towns as well as experiencing cultural activities, such as attending church services and enjoying indoor bowls.
Councillor Walton said: “I am very pleased to welcome our friends from Germany and Poland to Cheshire East.
“Visits such as this help cement friendships across borders and help bring communities together.”
Ulrike Steinbach said: “I am very pleased to be here in Cheshire East helping to continue the long partnership between the towns of Crewe, Nantwich and Bischofsheim.
“This year marks the 21st anniversary of the relationship and I am delighted to see for myself that the links between the various parts of our two communities are spreading further and getting stronger.”
Ryszard Szydlowski said: “I would like to thank everyone here in Cheshire East who has welcomed us so warmly since we arrived. Poland’s links with Crewe go back to the 1940s and thousands of my compatriots now live in the area.
“Trips such as this help cement the bond between the three countries and I hope the relationship continues to grow between us over the coming years.”
For more information on Canta go to: www.canta.org.uk