Forging links with rest of Europe

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May I use your letters column to raise a query about interest within the Seaford area for international links?

Seaford has been twinned with German town Bönningstedt since 1984. The town council is looking at what value the town and its people place on this link and what other areas of overseas co-operation the town might enjoy and benefit from.

They have set up a working group of interested councillors and other people with twinning experience, but they are looking far wider than traditional links between two towns.

Schools, clubs, businesses and other interest groups, as well as the council, could benefit from links with similar, or perhaps vastly different, groups abroad.

Links could be formed by email, exchange of photographs, newspapers, music or video, by personal visits, tourism or festivals of food, art or sport. There could even be links, probably using email and websites, with all the other Seafords worldwide.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, the working group would like to compile a comprehensive list of all the links that already exist between schools, clubs, Rotary, football clubs, churches, bands and choirs and even individuals.

Therefore you are invited to send details of existing links with towns, groups or individuals outside the UK to me, the current chair of the working group. As town crier, I am already linked with three other towns abroad.

Ideas for types of future links, whether formal twinning, reciprocal visits, or electronic communication, would also be welcomed. For instance, would there be interest in a French link of some sort, to balance that with our German twin?

Please drop brief details and your contact information by email to peterwhitecrier@hotmail.com, or by brief letter to Peter White c/o Seaford Town Council at 37 Church Street.

Peter White

Seaford Town Crier and chair, International Links

Working Group

Valley Drive.