Prime spot for our bin in twin town
September 08, 2008
A little piece of Bracknell was unveiled at the weekend – in Germany.
Bracknell’s twin town of Leverkusen now has a Bracknell Square to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the relationship.
Bracknell Town Mayor Marc Brunel-Walker unveiled an English red phone box and a red post box as well as a Bracknell Forest-branded litterbin, a Bracknell-style street sign and a plaque featuring information about the town.
Tom Wheaton, a member of Bracknell Town Council’s twinning committee, said: “It went really well, the weather was kind and we had a good time.
"It’s a good way to celebrate 35 years of the twinning.”
Bracknell twinned with Opladen in the west of Germany in 1973 but Opladen was taken under the control of Leverkusen in 1975 and the pertnership continued.
Chairman of the twinning committee George Bayle said: “It’s a beautiful place with nice coutryside and very good architecture.
“Some of us have been going for a number of years and have made a lot of good friends there. That’s what twinning’s all about.”
The mayor of Leverkusen gave a Leverkusen Platz sign to Bracknell Town Council but red tape has prevented the borough from using it.
Clerk of the town council Mary Harris said: “There are plans to name Leverkusen Platz in Bracknell eventually, but because naming places is bureaucratic in this country we can’t just name somewhere Leverkusen Platz as easily as that.
“Maybe when the town centre is redeveloped we could look into it.”
- Should there be a Leverkusen Platz in Bracknell? Click the link below to have your say.