Anglo-German links marked

Greenwich Conservatives have joined in celebrations to mark 40 years of town twinning between Greenwich and the borough of Reinickendorf in Berlin.  The Conservative Group was represented by Cllr Nigel Fletcher, opposition spokesman for Culture and Community, who joined the Mayor, Leader of the Council and four other Councillors at the recent event in the German capital.


During the visit, Cllr Fletcher met with the Mayor of Reinickendorf, Marlies Wanjura (pictured, right), a member of the Conservatives’ sister party, the CDU, and passed on our good wishes for their forthcoming borough elections.  He was also invited by Mayor Wanjura to sign a commemorative book (pictured, below) at a ceremony by Lake Tegal to mark the twinning anniversary.





During their stay, the Greenwich delegation made visits to a museum near Tegal airport devoted to the Berlin airlift, and to a local theatre where they were shown a performance by local schoolchildren.  They also had discussions with officials at the British Embassy. 


Speaking on his return, Cllr Fletcher said, "This was a great opportunity to discuss issues with our counterparts in Reinickendorf, which has many similarities with Greenwich, and to reinforce the friendship and understanding between the people of our two boroughs.  It was truly humbling to learn more about the often traumatic times the people of Berlin have lived through, from wartime to division under Communism, and to see how they have emerged stronger and more confident than ever.


"As a Conservative, I also was pleased to be able to meet councillors from our sister party the CDU, particularly the Mayor herself.  I wish them all the best in this month’s elections, and hope we can continue to work with them in the future".