Brexit ‘won’t spoil our twinning friendships’

Members of the Roman Antonine Guard were in full regalia to greet a delegation from Falkirk's twin district from the Odenwald at Callendar House, back in 2011 - one of many exchange visits between Falkirk and Germany.
Members of the Roman Antonine Guard were in full regalia to greet a delegation from Falkirk's twin district from the Odenwald at Callendar House, back in 2011 - one of many exchange visits between Falkirk and Germany.

Brexit won’t be allowed to get in the way of links forged between Scotland and friends in Germany and elsewhere in Europe - but does mean those ties are more important than ever.

That was a key conclusion reached at a special conference in Falkirk this week for half a dozen different twinning groups from the wider area.

Some of the delegates at this week's conference in Falkirk

Some of the delegates at this week's conference in Falkirk

Hosted by the Odenwald Association - whose links with the German region stretch back over around 40 years - the meeting in Falkirk’s municipal buildings was used to discuss challenges and develop strategies to improve recruitment, funding and promotion.

Odenwald Association secretary Anne Simms said: “Some of the groups are twinned with places outwith the EU, but the conference concluded it is even more important now - in the light of Brexit - to maintain close links with our European friends”

It was also used to start the ball rolling on the Association’s bid to bring a real taste of Scotland to Germany by around this time next year - which could involve anything from dancing and music to poetry and Scottish-themed food.

Anne Simms said: “It was interesting to find out how each group operates, and very encouraging to discover how passionate everyone is about twinning, even after years of voluntary service to their organisation”.