Mayor of Ely welcomes twinning guests from Ribe in Denmark to Oliver Cromwell’s House
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The Mayor of Ely, Councillor Mike Rouse, welcomed guests from Denmark to the city as part of a collaboration project that’s been running since the 1950s.
Ely has been twinned with Denmark’s oldest town, Ribe, in Jutland, since 1956. In 2004 a tapestry was erected to celebrate 50 years of partnership.
Guests from Ribe are in Ely for a few days and were welcomed by the mayor.
He said: “Real pleasure to welcome our guests from Ribe to Ely today.
“Thank you Oliver Cromwell House for hosting a lovely reception and here’s to a full and enjoyable few days of friendship.”
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In 2015, the Mayor of Ely at the time joined the Ribe visitors to plant a tree to mark 60 years of twinning.
The group of 22 visitors stayed from April 30 2015 to May 4 2015, to coincide with Ely Eel Festival.
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In 1974 the Ely Standard organised a trip to Ribe by coach and ferry for just £10 – it gave a number of Ely residents their first chance to travel to Denmark.
One of them was schoolgirl Belinda Lane, who was travelling with her grandfather, the Mayor of Ely at the time, Councillor Sidney Theobald.
For more information and history on the twinning, visit: www.elyribe-tapestry.co.uk/history/