When the Spalding-Speyer twinning link began

The first official twinning visit from Spalding to Speyer in 1956.
The first official twinning visit from Spalding to Speyer in 1956.
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The link between Spalding and Speyer began in 1956.

A group of council officials and local people went on that first official twinning visit, apparently an idea of the British Foreign Office to mend post-war fences.

The 1989 report in this newspaper said that many families in the two towns had established lasting friendships since that time.

Stephanie Cornthwaite, who first went to Speyer on a twinning visit in 1963, is interested to know if any other people have continued their twinning friendships.

She says: “If you have any information about any of the other original 1963 travellers, I would be happy to hear from you.”

In the picture above, the Coun Ernest Dryden, chairman of the former Spalding Urban Council, and Mrs Betty Dryden (centre) were pictured in Speyer in 1956 with a number of people, including Ron Stanley, Coun Cyril Ford and Keith Ashwell, a Free Press reporter of the time.