More Coventry Twinning events to be held with cities around the world in October - The Coventry Observer

20th Aug, 2022

More Coventry Twinning events to be held with cities around the world in October

AFTER the successful rejuvenation of Coventry’s links with its twin cities, more events are planned for October.

The Twin Towns and Sister Cities Round Table video conference, dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of the first contacts between citizens here and Stalingrad/Volgograd will be hosted by Coventry on October 5.

Both cities were scarred by the Second World War. In October 1941, women of Coventry decided to send a message of support to the women of Stalingrad, thus laying the foundation of Citizens2Citizens Friendship. Invitations have been extended to our 27 twin cities.

The conference is being organised by a consortium made up of the Coventry Association for International Friendship, Coventry and Volgograd Bond of Friendship Committee and Positive Images Festival.

Representatives of twin cities will exchange greetings and hear from Honorary Presidents of Coventry’s Twin to Win Award and UK Twin Foundation. The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

This year the Bond of Friendship group was established to mark 80 years since the initial contact and has created a Twin to Win Peace Award and Twin to Win Awards.

At a live ceremony on October 6, specially designed Twin to Win Badges and certificates will be awarded to twin cities’ project leaders and to leaders of outstanding projects which have promoted friendship, peace and people to people contact.

Ram Lakha OBE, Chair of Coventry Association for International Friendship, said: “It’s wonderful to see that the pioneering work of Coventry’s compassionate women eighty years back has mushroomed into a worldwide movement.

“We thank our twin cities and congratulate the local, regional and international initiators of projects that continue to promote friendship without frontiers.”

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