In 1990 Crowborough and Horwich in Lancashire made history by becoming the first English towns to twin.
This month Cllr Ron Reed, Town Mayor of Crowborough and Cllr Richard Silvester, Town Mayor of Horwich pledged to continue the special relationship by signing a 25th anniversary charter. On Tuesday 9th March the Mayor of Horwich attended a meeting of Crowborough Town Council and was presented with a painting by local artist, David Peacock.
During a visit to Horwich in January Cllr Reed said:
There are a lot of similarities between our towns and the potential for what we can do together is enormous.
He was presented with a painting of Horwich which was hung in Crowborough Town Hall.
Both Mayors are keen to establish a stonger link between the towns and there are plans to commemorate the anniversary by having inter town sports matches this year.
The original Town Twinning agreement was signed at joint ceremonies in Crowborough Town Hall and Horwich Public Hall in March 1990. Over the years various visits have been arranged by groups and societies and individuals to each other’s towns. Members of the Crowborough Bonfire Society have attended Horwich Carnival and Horwich Carnival Queens usually attend the Crowborough festival each year.
Crowborough Town Council have also proposed that a development comprising 16 houses off School Lane will be called ‘Horwich Close’ and Cllr. Silvester visited the site. Horwich already has its own ‘Crowborough Close’.
In return on Thursday 19th March, The Town Mayor of Crowborough, Cllr. Ron Reed along with Cllr’s Philip and Elizabeth Fermor of Crowborough Town Council travelled to Horwich to sign the celebratory twinning document at the meeting of Horwich Town Council.
Over the forthcoming months it is hoped that some special twinning events will occur. Horwich Cycle Club members plan to travel to Crowborough to ride with members of Crowborough Cycle Club. Members of the North West Scale Model Boat Club on the border of Horwich hope to travel to Crowborough and sail boats with Crowborough Model Boat Society. Horwich Town Councillor, Andrew Morley who is a member of Horwich Parish Church Choir will travel to Crowborough in June to sing with All Saint’s Church Choir. Horwich Carnival Queens will attend the Crowborough festival and in early August it is hoped that a football match will take place in Horwich between a Horwich team and Crowborough Town FC. The Macron Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers is in Horwich.
Horwich Town Mayor, Cllr. Richard Silvester said:
I am very proud that Horwich is twinned with Crowborough. It is a unique agreement as we are the only two towns within the United Kingdom twined with each other. I was very proud to promote Horwich when I visited recently and I would encourage residents of Horwich and Crowborough to visit each town if they can. I think Crowborough is a very interesting town and the people so welcoming. I hope that the relationship that we have with Crowborough can now last another 25 years and it is great that we are celebrating this 25th Anniversary.
If you are interested in organising a sporting event to mark the 25th anniversary please contact the Town Council.