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Knaresborough-Bebra Town Twinning

History

 

In October 1969 the twinning documents between Knaresborough and Bebra were signed in Bebra and in Knaresborough the following year. Twinning between the two towns has been active ever since with regular yearly exchanges taking place. From the beginning it was intended that the twinning would not just be for Civic Leaders but for the people of the towns, and that Clubs and Societies should be involved. Knaresborough Football Club and the Young Farmers were the first and soon in 1974 an exchange between King James's and Brüder Grimm Schule was arranged. 1975 The first German Bed Race team arrived and the pattern was set that Bebrans would visit Knaresborough at the time of the Bed Race and the return visit would be for Kirmes in October. In 1980 at the 10th anniversary Knaresborough Silver Band and TSV Musikzug gave a concert and this was the start of a partnership between the two bands that has seen regular visits right up to the present.

The 20th anniversary has been celebrated in Bebra and in Knaresborough the 21st was a big celebration with a marquee and entertainment from both towns. As the millennium approached there were more anniversaries, Knaresborough 25th Anniversary took place and in recognition for the continuous support from the mayor of Bebra Horst Gross was made Honorary Citizen of Knaresborough in 2012. The twinning groups from each of the towns visited the European Parliaments in Strasbourg in 2011 and Brussels in 2013, visiting many of the tourist attractions in the area. In October 2014, together with Knaresborough Choral Society, we visited Bebra to celebrate the 45th Anniversary. 2015 was the 50th Anniversary of the Knaresborough Bed Race and the 40th year of Bebra teams participating in the Race. An 'Oldies' team took part. The 45th celebrations in Knaresborough took place at the end of July 2015. 44 Visitors from Bebra including the Mayor, Uwe Hassl, were welcomed by Knaresborough's Mayor at an Official Reception at Knaresborough House. In autumn 2016 the Knaresborough Accordion and Fiddle Society accompanied other visitors to Bebra. TSV Musikzug Bebra visited Knaresborough at the end of July, 2017. They were invited by the Silver Band and joint concerts were enjoyed by everyone.