Three generations mark twinning links

Wirksworth Twinning Association's visit to Frankenau.
Wirksworth Twinning Association's visit to Frankenau.

A group of over fifty people from three generations set off from Wirksworth and surrounding villages recently to visit the German twin town of Frankenau.

They were there to see neighbouring German hamlet Louisendorf celebrate the 325th anniversary of the founding of their village, linked historically to Huguenot refugees from the Die area of France.

Wirksworth Twinning Association chair Suzanne Clark said: “We were delighted to take part in an important anniversary celebration at Frankenau/Louisendorf alongside a French twinning group from Die - the third member of our triangular twinning arrangement.”

Wirksworth Town Council is whole-heatedly committed to maintaining and building these international links and councillors were especially pleased that this year, for the first time, a group of local footballers joined the celebrations. ‘Wirksworth Wanderers’ played in a thrilling 6 a side tournament against 2 German teams and 1 from Die on 3 August, and celebrated their joint first position!

Early discussions have already started about hosting a possible return event here in England sometime in the future.

Wirksworth Town Council first signed a twinning charter with its French partner in 1993 and followed this with a similar formal agreement with Frankenau a few years later.

To mark twenty years of twinning this year, Wirksworth people plan a library exhibition where local people will offer their memories of 20 years of twinning in 20 words, a special film evening during Wirksworth Festival, and a celebration party in the town hall on October 19.