Pro-European campaigners keep up twin town links.
CHESTER campaigners for the UK to remain a full member of the EU have been ensuring links with the city's twin town are maintained.
Chester for Europe presented the town mayor of Lorrach, close to the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland, with a gift and put on a tour of Chester's famous walls for a visiting Lorrach orchestra.
The city has been twinned with Lorrach since 2002.
Over a weekend visit musicians from four Lorrach groups jointly performed at a concert at St Mary's Creative Space as part of a series of visits and exchanges arranged through CILA, Chester's twin town association.
Members of Chester for Europe and CILA provided a tour of the sights including the famous walls and Roman remains as the visitors took a lively interest in features such as the Albion Pub, the Roodee and Chester Castle.
The weekend came on the back of a visit by the Lord Mayor of Chester Alex Black to Lorrach in September.
Cllr Black presented a Chester for Europe T-shirt with its arc of yellow stars over the Eastgate clock to the Lord Mayor of Lorrach, Oberburgermeister Jorg Lutz. The German mayor expressed his thanks and said that, for his part, the UK would always be welcome back in Europe.
Chairman of Chester for Europe Noel McGlinchey said: "It is important to remember whatever happens in politics, our European neighbours are our partners and friends.
"The wonderful twin-town relationship we have with Lorrach is important and must be maintained as a reminder of our shared history, values and the need for partnership and peace.
"Our members wanted to ensure the orchestra felt welcome as well as sending a clear message that the majority of the citizens of this city value their place in Europe."
He added: "Through this we've gained friends and enjoyed our chance of proudly show off this wonderful city.
"The photos we took and the gifts exchanged will act as mementos of the continued friendship between our respective cities and with our European neighbours."