Daventry celebrates 30 years of partnership with Westerburg

From left, deputy mayor of Daventry Cllr Glenda Simmonds holding the Westerburg town coat of arms, chairman of Daventry Twinning Association Mavis Matthews holding the Seal of Daventry, and Mayor of Daventry Cllr Wendy Randall holding the Westerburg district coat of arms.
From left, deputy mayor of Daventry Cllr Glenda Simmonds holding the Westerburg town coat of arms, chairman of Daventry Twinning Association Mavis Matthews holding the Seal of Daventry, and Mayor of Daventry Cllr Wendy Randall holding the Westerburg district coat of arms.
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This week Daventry Town Council and Daventry Twinning Association is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the twinning partnership between Daventry and Westerburg in Germany.

To mark the occasion, Daventry Town Council have smartened up the twinning area on London Road by sponsoring the replacement of the coats of arms which was made possible through the work by Amber Screen and Display of Dodford who donated the new flags.

The twinning area on London Road, Daventry

The twinning area on London Road, Daventry

The chairman of Daventry Twinning Association, Mavis Matthews, and other members of the association have maintained cultural links with the people of Westerburg over the last 30 years, through annual visits and a common interest of brass bands. Recently Westerburg Brass Band were entertained by Daventry Fire Station and Daventry Brass Band at concert held at Daventry Community Centre.

The relationship between the two towns started in 1983 when three delegates from Daventry visited Westerburg and held discussions with Burgermeister Nink (Mayor of Westerburg), however the partnership was only made official when the charter was signed on October 26 1985.

On the day the charter was signed, Daventry Twinning Association presented a red telephone box to Westerburg. The phone box has recently been turned in to a library for the town.

To commemorate the 30 year anniversary, Daventry Museum is showing a small display which includes the original Charter along with photographs and other memorabilia from Daventry Twinning Association. You will be able to view the display for a limited time from Thursday October 29 to Friday November 13 2015. Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.30am to 1.30pm, and Saturday November 7 from 10am to 4pm.