Mayor Welcomes Twin Town Students to Basildon
Marking the first time such a visit has occurred since the Mayor came to office, this week Basildon welcomed a group of young people on an annual exchange from the borough’s twin town of Heiligenhaus, Germany.
Mayor of Basildon Cllr David Harrison greeted 14 students from Heiligenhaus at the Basildon Centre on Thursday 13 October as part of their week-long stay.
The youngsters aged 12-16, were treated to a tour of the town, including a visit to local radio station Gateway FM, where they got the chance to take part in an on-air segment. Next, they had the opportunity to show off their climbing skills on the climbing frame at Basildon’s sporting village.
Known for being home to the ancestral family farm of classic American novelist John Steinbeck, Heiligenhaus is a town in Germany that is twinned with Basildon Council. Similar in size and geography to Basildon, the towns became twinned during Steinbeck’s lifetime in the 1960’s.
The concept of twin towns became popular in the latter half of the twentieth century and Basildon’s twin link with Heiligenhaus was established to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Basildon and other similar communities overseas.
Mayor of Basildon Cllr David Harrison said: “This excellent partnership is a testament to the importance of international links and trade in the borough. Strengthening the connection between our towns is key to maintaining this historic and cultural relationship, which has brought such opportunity for cultural growth. It has been wonderful to meet these impressive, young people and hear all they have to say about their opportunity to explore and enjoy our town.”
Basildon Borough Twinning Association helps to organise regular events each year, including youth visits as well as leisure and sporting activities.