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Isle Of Wight Councillors Sign Agreement During Visit To Twin Town Of Coburg

The chairman of the Isle of Wight Council has shared photos from a recent civic visit to Coburg, continuing the 40th anniversary celebrations of friendship between the two locations.

The visit followed on from one made by the German delegation to the island last summer.

Councillor Claire Critchison, along with councillors Debbie Andre and Chris Jarman made the self-funded visit to the town of Coburg, and were taken on tours of the council offices, town centre, royal palace, and museums – within which included a display about the Isle of Wight.

Councillors also visited the childhood home of Prince Albert. To recall, The Isle of Wight has a close connection to the town of Coburg through Prince Albert, who was born in Coburg in 1819.

He was a regular visitor to the Island and thereafter resident at the Island’s Osborne House alongside his wife Queen Victoria and their children.

Councillor Critchison said:

“It was wonderful to see the history that Coburg and the Island share and ensure the links created by the union of Victoria and Albert continue to this day.”

“We have put together a photo book of the delegations, both visiting the Island and our visit to Coburg, as a record of the anniversary year. This will be kept in the Chairman's room.”

The twinning links continue with an apprenticeships exchange scheme, which will see 4 apprentices from Coburg visit the Island this summer.

These exchanges help the different cultures to swap ideas and develop a greater understanding of how the councils operate.

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