In the first of two events held at Middlesbrough Town Hall recently, a German delegation naming themselves The Oldies, made up of 50+ English language students, were welcomed into the Civic Suite by Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd and other dignitaries.
In the second, held earlier this week, Mr Budd and the Vice Chair of Middlesbrough Council Cllr Bob Brady welcomed 14 young people involved in the two towns’ youth exchange programme.
Close ties have existed between Middlesbrough and Oberhausen for over 50 years, with the two towns entering a formal town twinning partnership in 1974 and maintaining strong social and cultural ties.
Vice Chair of Middlesbrough Council Councillor Bob Brady, who as a Thorntree youth worker was involved in the initial exchanges in the mid-1960s, said: “For me it is very important in this day and age that these exchange visits go on – just as it was 50 years ago.
“There is a great benefit for young people from Middlesbrough to see a place like Oberhausen and Germany and understand their culture and vice versa.
“We are once again delighted to welcome a group of young people to the town and I’m sure they will have an enjoyable and memorable visit.”
Both The Oldies and the youth exchange visitors have been able to enjoy time visiting landmarks in Teesside and beyond during their stays.