Twinning with Millau and Bad Salzuflen
The East Riding's twinning links with Bad Salzuflen provided the starting point for the twinning with Millau, when Mayor Councillor Margaret Chapman was in Bad Salzuflen at the same time as the Mayor of Millau. Millau and Bad Salzuflen had been twinned for many years and this meeting was to be the spark which ignited the interest in twinning Bridlington with Millau.
In 1990, a small group of interested people which included Margaret Chapman, Bob Owen and Bill Ellyard, three of the major figures in the early days of the twinning arrangements in Millau, made the first step towards a twinning agreement with Millau. This visit was to set the scene for what was to follow.
Eager to capitalise on this early visit, the current chairman, Chris Myers, organised a meeting for all interested parties who would be interested in taking part in a trip to celebrate the signing of the twinning agreement between the two towns. This meeting was attended by over 90 people and, surprised by the interest, the first trip was born.
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Introduction to Millau (.pdf format)
Constitution of Bridlington Millau Twinning Association (.pdf format)
Leaflet about Millau (.pdf format, French)
February 2013 newsletter (.pdf format)
Spring 2013 newsletter (.pdf format)
May 2013 newsletter (.pdf format)
January 2014 newsletter (.pdf format)
February 2014 newsletter (.pdf format)
Spring 2014 newsletter (.pdf format)
March 2015 meeting minutes (.pdf format)
Chris Myers / Chairman, Millau Twinning Association / Email: email@example.com
Bad Salzuflen Twinning Association
The first visits to Bad Salzuflen, which took place in 1975, were informal and involved the then-Chief Executive – the Mayor of the Borough Council for the year – Councillor Ken Wilson. A group of farmers then visited the following year.
Bad Salzuflen had been recommended to the Borough Council as an appropriate twinning partner by the British Council. Like Bridlington and surrounding areas, Bad Salzuflen is heavily dependent on tourism; it is a spa town which is very popular in Germany.
The twinning was formalised by way of partnership deeds which were exchanged. The first part was signed in Bad Salzuflen in 1979 by the Mayor of East Yorkshire, Ken O‘Brien MBE and the Chief Executive, John H Gibson MBE; the second part was signed at a special ceremony in Bridlington in 1980. The deed was signed by the Mayor, Councillor Normal Hall MBE and the Chief Executive. It was also signed as was the first by the Burgermeister and the Stadt Direktor.
The signed deeds completed the official procedure and the twinning was up and running. Since then, landmark anniversaries have been celebrated in both areas. The 35th anniversary was celebrated in 2015.
Since then, the association has gone from strength to strength. Many lasting friendships have been made over the years. Reciprocal visits between the two areas have taken place over the years since the partnership became official. The pattern has been that the Bad Salzuflen Association and the association here visit every two years. In addition, many organisations have made enjoyable and informative visits, which have without doubt strengthened the partnership. They include the Road Runners, local football teams, farmers, cyclists, and the Bridlington Priory Church Choir. Another partnership benefit has been that a number of young people from both areas have furthered their careers by doing work experience abroad.
Bad Salzuflen is renowned for its health-giving spa waters. It attracts many thousands of visitors from other parts of Germany each year. The Kure Park in the centre of the town is most popular with its concerts, cafés, restaurants, health-given spa waters, lakes, and wonderful walks through the park. It is well worth a visits.
The East Yorkshire Association, as always, will be planning the next visit to the town. Any persons interested in joining the association or who would like more information should call Len Collins on 01262 604960 or Jean Fowler on 01262 673019