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Dutch twin town visitors

3 October 2013

Twin Town visitors take in Carlisle game

A delegation of 12 visitors from Shrewsbury’s twin town of Zutphen, in the Netherlands, has arrived in the town for a flying visit which will include a trip to the Greenhous Meadow this weekend. 

Shrewsbury’s guests will be treated to a whistle-stop tour of the town and local attractions, including visiting the Meadow to watch Town's clash against Carlisle United on Saturday.  

Shrewsbury’s association with the historic Dutch town of Zutphen dates back to 1586, although an official twinning wasn’t recognised until 1977. 

Every year groups and individuals from Shrewsbury visit Zutphen and vice versa. 

Shrewsbury Town Council has traditionally assisted the twinning each year, to help promote exchanges between clubs, societies and business groups in each town.
Football teams, swimming parties, musicians, doctors, dancers, teachers, pupils from a wide range of schools and many other groups have arranged twinning visits with their opposite numbers. 

This year’s delegation is made up made up of teachers, youth workers, housing officers, policemen and students looking at a theme of Youth – such as how Shrewsbury provides facilities for young people, what welfare arrangements are in place, how the town addresses anti-social issues and positively directs youngsters towards sport and culture.

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