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THE Downpatrick Twinning Partnership held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday (20th April) in the The Mill at Ballydugan.  Old and new members of the Twinning Partnership gathered to review the past year’s town twinning activities.

The President of the Partnership, Mr John Noble gave an overview of the past year’s activity. “The highlights of the year were,” he said, “receiving the visiting veterans from Bezons, the Michalowice Brass band performing in the St Patrick Centre as part of a four day visit; the Halloween Sports’ conference and the Eco Friendly conference.

This all resulted in over 170 people visiting Downpatrick from across its ten European twinning partners.

“Downpatrick also participated in several exchanges to its partner towns including the Qudrae Festival (Chiari), the annual Wine Festival (Szekszard), the Arts and Culture Conference (Listowel) and a tourism conference (Jelgava).

Some of the members of the Downpatrick Twinning Partnership enjoy the old rustic charm at The Mill at Ballydugan, just before their annual general meeting.

During the meeting the Treasurer, Mr David Trotter gave an overview of the Partnerships financial position which showed the group had secured over £70,000 in funding throughout the past year and in addition this helped generate an indirect economic benefit of over £55,000 to the county town.”

The election of Office Bearers for the incoming year took place with John Noble, Patricia Gilchrist and David Trotter re-elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Nine Vice-Presidents were also elected to manage the day to day activities for the ten towns that Downpatrick is officially twinned with.

The establishment of a new Downpatrick Twinning Youth Partnership also took place at the meeting with new members James Bell, Sarah Louise CrGareth Jones, Ashling Trainor, Sophie McLaughlin, Chris Healy, Adam Burling and John Trainor all joing the ranks.

Mr Nobe added, “This new Youth Partnership will be meeting over the coming weeks to develop a programme of youth exchanges and mentoring and training support, which will compliment the on-going work programme of the Partnership.

“Anyone wishing to join the Downpatrick Twinning Partnership or the Youth Partnership should email [email protected] or telephone myself, John Noble on 07711 561433.”