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Celebrating 50 years of town twinning with Kulmbach

Provost Jim Todd and Depute Provost Claire Leitch made a special trip to Germany last weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kilmarnock being twinned with the town of Kulmbach.

They were invited by the Oberburgermeister (Lord Mayor) of Kulmbach, Ingo Lehmann, to attend a motorcycle rally over the weekend and were warmly welcomed by councillors and members of the public. The rally involved all of the police forces in Europe who send two motorcycle police from their respective countries to take part in competitions, obstacles and riding skills. The event ends with a prize-giving ceremony and a festival of food and music which thousands of people from all over the area attend.

The Provost and Depute Provost also signed the Golden Book of Kulmbach that contains the original twinning agreement signed 50 years ago. They then met politicians and residents from the town and were given a tour of the area including a visit to Plassenburg Castle which sits above the town. 

Provost Todd said: “We had an incredible weekend in Kulmbach and received the warmest of welcomes from our twin town hosts. It was great to see the original signatures from the twinning agreement in the Golden Book and to remember the special association that Kilmarnock and Kulmbach shares.

“Everyone we met in Kulmbach spoke about how they want to keep the twinning connection alive in the future and this special bond of friendship is something that we would certainly wish to continue as well.”