A MAGNIFICENT milestone was celebrated by Bromsgrove and District Twinning Association (BDTA) on the group’s latest visit to Gronau.
The group marked 35 years of being linked to the North-West German town and a variety of activities had been organised by their hosts.
Among them were visits to a new business enterprise which sends hand-made chocolates to customers all over the world, a synagogue in nearby Enschede, which is described as`the most beautiful in the Netherlands’ and the city’s Muziekkwartier with its new concert hall, opera house and conservatoire. They also went to the famous Twentse Welle Museum on Enschede’s Cultural Mile – that connects local and universal themes.
Former Bromsgrove District Council chairman Trevor Porter, who took part in the first event 35 years ago presented Gronau’s twinners with a ceramic plaque during the celebratory dinner on the last night.
That had been designed and created by local potter Liz Clarke and a Stourbridge crystal glass vase was also presented by Roger Westbury, the chairman of the BDTA to the town of Gronau.
The Bromsgrove guests received a picture depicting a panoramic view of the town to Bromsgrove town and twinners also received a cookbook of the delicious recipes used over the years during visits, along with a cake in a jar.
Bromsgrove twinners are now looking forward to a visit from their French friends – from St Sauveur Lendelin – in July.