Gifhorn Twinning Visit Descends on Dumfries

On Monday 10 October a group of visitors from the German town of Gifhorn visited Dumfries and Galloway.

The visit, planned as part of Dumfries’ twinning links to Gifhorn, saw over 30 delegates make the trip on Sunday (9 October). Their day started with a guided tour of Dumfries, taking in tourist attractions such as Burns Mausoleum and the Robert Burns Centre, before heading to the Council-run Dumfries Museum. A tour of the museum (and a look through the famous camera obscura) took place, before the visitors headed off for a real ‘Scotch’ treat…at Annan Distillery.

After a full tour of the distillery, with some samples thrown in on the way (!) the group headed to Municipal Chambers in Dumfries for a meet and greet with Provost of Dumfries, Councillor Ted Thompson and the Friends of Gifhorn group. Politicians turned their attention to ‘green’ issues whilst the visitors enjoyed an afternoon tea with the Friends of Gifhorn group.

Monday evening was free time for the delegation, before they headed for the airport early on Tuesday morning.

Councillor Thompson commented on the visit;

“It is always a pleasure to welcome our friends from Gifhorn. In the last 20 years, the connection between Dumfries and Gifhorn has remained strong. The recent agreement from Nithsdale Area Committee to commit previously agreed twinning funding to allow modern apprentices to gain employment experience in Gifhorn is a clear signal about the importantance of that link with Gifhorn. I look forward to the next visit whether in Gifhorn or in Dumfries.”

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