A quarter of a century of twinning with a German town has been celebrated in Bognor Regis.
The formal links with Trebbin were established in 1994. Guests from the town, close to Berlin, were among the visitors from Germany who were hosted by Bognor Regis Twinning Association members for five days this month.
Pictured above is the mayor of Trebbin, Thomas Berger, right, presenting Bognor Regis town mayor, Cllr Phil Woodall, with a gift. Trebbin’s visitors were joined by representatives of Weil am Rhein, the German town with which Bognor Regis has been twinned since 1987.
Twinning association press officer James Clevett said: “The exchange visit was again regarded as a very successful and joyous occasion. The visitors were entertained at two receptions – one on their arrival by the town council and the main one by the twinning association, whose members also provided the entertainment.
“In addition, the visitors were taken on outings to Stansted House, which included a visit to the planetarium.
“A trip to Brighton involved a look around the Royal Pavilion while one day was reserved for a day locally with their hosts.”
Bognor Regis Town Council staged its reception for the German guests at Seasons at the town’s football club.
Rebecca Vervecken, the council’s mayor and town crier’s secretary, said: “There were over 100 people present. These included guests from the twin towns, their Bognor Regis hosts, representatives from the twinning association, and Bognor Regis town councillors and staff.
“Trebbin presented Bognor Regis with a glass plaque, featuring their crest, and Weil am Rhein with a book on their town and a bottle of drink.”
Weil am Rhein’s Tonio Passlick and Annette Huber are pictured below right, with Cllr Woodall.