Rushmoor Borough Council has marked a long-term link up with the German town of Oberursel with a special presentation.

The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, handed over a special silver platter to her German counterpart, The Mayor of Oberursel, Hans-Georg Brum, to mark the 30th anniversary of the twinning of the towns, at a meeting of the council on Tuesday 3 December.

Councillor Carter said: “The relationship has been strong and successful. with many exchanges made and personal friendships formed between colleagues and citizens.

“I am sure we can look forward to many more successful years which will prove as beneficial and enjoyable as our partnership since 1989.”

The twinning agreement between the two towns was signed in Farnborough on 3 November 1989 by the then two mayors, Councillor Brian Oliver and Herr Rudolf Harders.

Former Rushmoor councillor David Welch and his German wife, Marlene, were instrumental in organising the linkup between the two towns, which are a similar size and have similar economies and industries. Oberursel is 17km north west of Frankfurt in the German state of Hesse.

Since 1989 many hundreds of visits and exchanges have taken place between sports clubs, schools and colleges, music groups and choirs. Charitable organisations, such as the Lions, have also linked up with their German equivalents to compare what they do and how they do it. Many families have now had links with each other through two or more generations.

A small delegation from Oberursel, including the Mayor, had earlier in the day met the Principal of Farnborough College of Technology, Virginia Barrett, as part of their visit.