After the fantastically successful half marathon (well done to Marian Grimes plus all the runners from the Meteorology department!) the Mayor of Reading hosted a very special event to celebrate the 20 years Reading and San Francisco Libre have been twinned.
Here’s the write-up from the Reading Chronicle:
Nicaraguan community leaders this week celebrated 20 years of their town being twinned with Reading.
The borough council and Reading San Francisco Libre Association (RSFLA) have been working with the central Nicaraguan town of San Francisco Libre (SFL) since 1994. And more than 50 people, including community leader Jimmy Zamora, packed into Reading’s Civic Centre on Monday to mark the occasion.
After Reading Mayor, Cllr Marian Livingstone, opened the ceremony, the guests watched a film prepared by Reading College travel and tourism students highlighting what they found special about the borough, which had Spanish subtitles for the foreign dignitaries.
Mr Zamora then spoke about how SFL has developed from a deprived community through the support it is getting from its partners and Guisell Morales-Echeverry, of the Nicaraguan Embassy, spoke about the union between the two towns. The celebration was organised by the RSFLA, a charity which raises cash to support its twin town, and trustee Jon Roberts said: “It was a very significant event. It was a really special evening because it brought together a lot of friends and allowed them to meet up – it was quite emotional.”