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Shaftesbury And Lindlar Celebrate Forty Years Of Friendship

Residents from our German twin town of Lindlar have been visiting this weekend to celebrate forty years of the special relationship.

Unfortunately, the pandemic disruption meant that last year’s anniversary was marked one year later than expected.

Fifteen German visitors arrived on Friday. They have toured the town, visited Shaftesbury Home Grown, played boules and several group members travelled to Portsmouth on Saturday to see the Mary Rose. Last night, the delegation enjoyed speeches and dinner at the Town Hall before tucking into Gail Potter’s cake, decorated with both towns’ shields.

Alfred attended and spoke with representatives of both Shaftesbury and Lindlar Twinning Associations. In our report, former Shaftesbury mayor Roger Booth recalls how the twinning relationship began. And last night, the Twinning Association announced their support for two students’ plans for international travel. Two local scouts will visit the International Scout Jamboree in Korea next year.

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