Twinners flocked to see Olympic Torch celebrations

Over 75 twinning visitors from our five twin towns came to Cheltenham to join in celebrating the Olympic torch coming to Cheltenham. The delegation included 20 officials from across our 5 twin towns and 13 members of the Lubo dance ensemble from Sochi, Russia.

Other visitors here for the torch relay on 23 May included 32 guests from our German twin town on a tourist trip, nine students from the Heinrich Boll School in Göttingen visiting Bettridge school, as well as two leaders from the Göttingen youth sport exchange.

Various events were organised during the four day visit from Monday 21  to Thursday 24 May,  including a guided tour of the town, a reception with the Mayor, a coach tour around the Cotswolds and a trip on the steam train.   A workshop was also arranged for the morning of Thursday 24 May to give delegates the opportunity to promote themselves and their business and tourism links to local businesses.  However, the highlight of the trip was to see the torch passing through Cheltenham and arrive at the racecourse carried by the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips.   The Lubo dance ensemble presented a special dance performance as part of the celebrations at the racecourse as well.

It was an unique occasion having representatives from all of our twin towns here at the same time  and demonstrates just how strong our international links are and it was wonderful to be able to share this once-in-a-life-time event with them.

See our picture gallery for photos of the event.

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