A 50-year friendship celebrated in Hilden

Hilden visit
Caption (L – R) : Burgermeisterin of Hilden, Birgit Alkenings, Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden and Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Karen Mundry, co-sign the declaration.
Published: Monday, 4th March 2019

Warrington and Hilden came together to celebrate their long-lasting partnership over the weekend.

Members of Warrington and Hilden met to co-sign the declaration to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hilden Partnership this weekend.

A delegation led by the Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Karen Mundry and the council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden joined the Mayor of Hilden, Birgit Alkenings and her delegation.

The trip marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Partnership Agreement of 22 May 1968. The twin towns reiterated their will to continue to cooperate with a particular focus on business interests, culture and music.  

Mayor of Warrington Cllr Karen Mundry said: “We are proud of our partnership and I’m delighted that 50 years on we still have a close relationship. We want to continue to give the residents of our towns the opportunity to get to know each other and to share our cultures. ”  

Cllr Russ Bowden, Leader of the Council said: “The partnership between Warrington and Hilden is more important than ever, with current national uncertainty around Brexit. This partnership recognises that we remain committed  to continuing our strong friendships with partners across Europe of whom Hilden is one of our most treasured.”

Hilden is a city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia . With approximately 57,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in the District of Mettmann. During the 1960s, the Lancashire Regiment, which was based at Peninsula Barracks in Warrington, was stationed in the Hilden area. Friendships which developed between the soldiers and German families were the basis of the links between the two towns.