Richmond Twinning Association marks closure with donations to charities

Richmond Twinning Association has marked its closure with a presentation of money to local good causes.

The association was formed in 1987 when the town twinned with Vinstra and the Nord Fron Kommune in central Norway.

Peter Clarke, from the association, said the twinning was mainly driven by the Green Howards Regimen’s links with the area in Norway

In 1940, the regiment carried out a rearguard action to protect the Norwegian Royal Family and Norwegian assets from being seized by the advancing Germans.

For many years, the King of Norway was the Colonel in Chief of the Green Howard’s Regiment.

Richmond Town Council set up a twinning committee and the first visit took place in 1987 when an exchange of charters took place.

The twinning association has run 16 visits between Richmond and Vinstra over the last 35 years.

Peter said: “Over the years, there has been much laughter and many friendships have been made as we learnt of each other’s life and culture.

“Individual moments stick in the mind like the Norwegians travelling in a vintage double-decker coach over the Buttertubs and a drive back down Swaledale ending in a garden party at the Old Post office in Marske

“In Norway, on one visit, we visited Lillehammer, where the Olympics had been held, for an evening picnic and to see the fascinating folk museum.

“We watched the sinking of the Viking ship as the sun nearly set at midnight.

“Nord Frod area is internationally known for its Per Gynt Festival and its annual performances in a natural, open-air amphitheatre on the shore of Lake Gala, often coincided with our visit.

“A special memory was watching the opening scene as an open rowing boat, carrying the singers, came slowly across the lake to the backdrop of the setting sun.”

The association was closing “due to lack of interest “and an ageing group of supporters,” Peter added

“The current association felt that the time had come to hand the organisation back to the town council whom we would like to thank for their support over the years. As laid down in our constitution we will be donating our residual funds to three charities.”

Just the Job, Richmondshire Museum and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team have each received £847.

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