Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting WN NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Twinning parade is a royal affair
9:50pm Monday 24th September 2012 in News
A MONARCH and his bride caused a royal stir when they were resurrected in Worcester to mark the Faithful City’s friendship with communities across the world.
Heads turned – and fortunately none were lost – as Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves were joined by local scout groups and members of the public in a procession along the High Street on Saturday.
The event formed part of the celebrations for Worcester Twinning Association’s 25th anniversary since twinning with Kleve in Germany – home to the king’s fourth wife – and concluded with a performance by Worcester Concert Brass at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Pump Street.
Chairman Jo Hodges said: “We have welcomed 30 visitors from all over Europe and America, who have been with families in the association.
“We have had a week packed with activities, events and visits, and we’re trying to encourage members of the public to join in and find out about twinning.
“Twinning is really important because the original idea was to make friendships between countries we had previously been at war with.
"That’s extended now to friendship and sharing each other’s cultures and homes.”
Worcester is also twinned with Le Vesinet in France, Worcester in Massachusetts, USA, and Ukmerge, Lithuania – along with Vernon, France, with which the city has a friendship pact.