|Ilkley-Coutances Twinning Committee|
Ilkley-Coutances Twinning Committee
The Twinning Committee exists to foster links between organisations and people in the two towns of Ilkley and Coutances, with the ultimate aim of encouraging international understanding and co-operation.
Coutances is an attractive market town in Normandy, of a similar size to Ilkley. The original twinning began immediately after the second world war between the towns’ secondary schools. As a result of these exchanges the then Ilkley Urban District Council decided to twin with Coutances. Agreements were signed first in Ilkley and then in Coutances. Since then there has been a lively programme of visits between Coutances and Ilkley, with many of the two towns’ organisations taking part.
In addition, each year a Civic visit takes place, with each town taking turns at hosting the other. Most recently, Ilkley visited Coutances in October 2004, as part of the celebrations of the thirty-fifth year of Twinning.
Fund raising is carried out during the year to help fund the hospitality for the visits. Events such as cheese and wine evenings, raffles and stalls at Ilkley events are held. Some funding is also received from Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
|Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2011 10:13|