Wooler welcomes '˜twin town' group
A delegation from Wooler's '˜twin town' of Broughshane in Northern Ireland visited last weekend.
They met Glendale Gateway Trust staff and trustees, parish councillors and those involved in the neighbourhood plan.
They visited tourist attractions at Ford and Etal, Wooler youth hostel and went to the panto at Glendale Middle.
A group from Glendale will be visiting Broughshane later this month.
The new coupling follows the search for twinned partnerships launching in October last year by the Carnegie UK Trust. In a new twist to the traditional concept of town twinning, which dates back to the Second World War, the aim was to pair towns with similar characteristics or challenges, but potentially with different back stories and approaches, to consider how to make positive change in the future.
Whilst both towns draw on a number of similarities; both have a keen community spirit, Wooler is highly dependent on the self-employment sector, whilst Broughshane is linked more closely with the private sector.
However, both towns are united in the fact that they want to reinvigorate their town centre and tourism offer.
Over the coming 18 months, both towns will build their ties, develop a body of evidence, receive economic planning support, and have access to catapult funds to kick start new commercial, voluntary and social enterprise activity.
The initial six months of the partnership will see each of the towns devise a twinning action plan that could reignite their fortunes.