Speyer has been Spalding’s twin town since 1956 and I have often wondered what the process was for getting a twin town.
Perhaps it was like the draw for the third round of the FA cup when all the names go into a hat to be drawn out with each other, you know – number 36, Rugby, will be twinned with number 87, Russelheim, and so on. Or perhaps it was like the UCAS University clearing house system where towns made their preferred selections and waited for performance results to see if they were successful. Or perhaps it was a sort of dating service and introductory agency. Who knows?
I think its more an opportunity for local councillors to go on jollies to places they wouldn’t otherwise go. Richmond on Thames and Konstanz in southern Germany are twinned and are both places I know well. Although both feature water, Lake Konstanz is big, they don’t really appear to have anything else in common.
Don’t disagree with that! I’ve been to Lake Konstanz and a jolly there would be lovely! But there again Richmond on Thames is lovely as well!