70th anniversary celebration of of Dunfermline and Trondheim twinning

Archived news: published on Monday 22 Aug 2016 by Fife Council

Provost Jim Leishman and Councillor Helen Law mark the 70th anniversary of the twinning

Provost Jim Leishman and Councillor Helen Law mark the 70th anniversary of the twinning

City Chambers, 1946 - group from Trondheim with Provost Isatt.

City Chambers, 1946 - group from Trondheim with Provost Isatt.

THE bond of friendship between the young people of Dunfermline and Trondheim has been further strengthened.

A group of youngsters from the Norwegian town were recently in Dunfermline to mark the 70th anniversary of the first ever visit by a group in 1946.

The Norwegian visitors were welcomed to Dunfermline at the City Chambers by the Provost and Councillor Helen Law, chair of the city of Dunfermline area committee.

The visit, which was organised by Fife Council’s Community Learning and Local Area Team, saw young people from Trondheim and Dunfermline come together for a week long programme of cultural visits and workshops. The visits and workshops gave the young people the opportunity to look at youth democracy and participation in their respective countries.

Highlights included a visit to the Scottish Parliament and a night at the tattoo as well as getting to know more about Dunfermline and the twinning links.

The Dunfermline Town Twinning Association hosted an evening ‘get together’, which was attended by members of the original twinning visit, where they reflected on the origins of the special relationship between the two towns.

Councillor Helen Law, chair of the city of Dunfermline area committee, said: “The twinning of Dunfermline and Trondheim is one of the oldest arrangements of its kind in Europe.

“The two towns have a strong bond particularly in relation to young people. This visit is just the latest example of this and will help to forge even stronger friendships for the future.”

Gifford Lind from the Dunfermline Town Twinning Association added: “Making and maintaining friendships is becoming increasingly important, and we believe that it is crucial that Dunfermline continues to fulfil the Bond of Friendship that was formed in May 1945. “We are delighted that Fife Council has given so much support to the young people involved in hosting this visit.”

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