Twinning answer to ‘insular’ Britain

Coun Tony Ford from Lytham St Annes Twinning Association in Werne, Germany
Coun Tony Ford from Lytham St Annes Twinning Association in Werne, Germany
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A St Annes councillor believes twinning links with towns across Europe could combat the “danger” of British people becoming more insular.

Coun Tony Fordmade the comments as St Annes prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its partnership with the town of Werne, in Germany next month.

Coun Ford, who represents Ashton ward on Fylde Council, said: “There’s a potential for developing more links because there’s a danger of us becoming a bit insular.

“There’s this movement at the moment that’s anti-Europe but we all need to be working in partnership, so twinning is all to do with working together and getting ideas from one another.

“We’re happy to go to Spain for our holidays but we don’t want to link with the Spanish, that does seem to be the case.”

Coun Ford has previously touted plans for St Annes to forge a link with Werne’s French twin town, Bailleul.However, nothing concrete has yet been established.

The 30th anniversary celebrations will see 38 Germans visit St Annes during carnival weekend.

The festivities will see the visitors dress in national costume for the parade of floats, and attend a civic dinner.

Coun Ford now hopes the alliance can become as big as it was when it initially began three decades ago.

He said: “It’s not as big as we’d like it to be.

“For me one of the things is that when we first got involved 30 years ago it was a great thing because fewer people went abroad.

“All that appears to have changed now.

“Their town puts a lot more into twinning.”

St Annes-on-the-Sea Town Council agreed last week to continue supporting the town’s association, and will provide commemorative mugs and lapel badges for the Germans’ visit.