A JOINT celebration is being planned to mark next year’s 50th anniversary of Kirkcaldy’s twinning with Ingolstadt, Germany, reports Debbie Clarke.
This is just one of the ideas being proposed to toast the special milestone.
The joint celebration, which would take place in 2013, was discussed along with other suggestions at a recent conference in Ingolstadt.
Members of the Kirkcaldy/Ingolstadt Association attended the conference as well as a trade fair.
Chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, councillor Alice Soper, was a member of the official delegation. She attended on behalf of the Provost and as a member of the Association.
The official delegation also featured representatives from Ingolstadt’s other eight twin towns: Carrara, Grasse, Gyor, Kragujevac, Marisa, Moscow, Murska Sobota and Opole.
Cllr Soper was at the official opening of the trade fair, Miba, and visited all the exhibits.
She said: “Ingolstadt’s Lord Mayor, Dr Lehmann, sent invitations to all twin towns to attend.
‘‘We also attended two conferences - one to further cultural links between the twin towns, and the other to plan future events for young people.
“Next year will be the Kirkcaldy/Ingolstadt twin town 50th anniversary and we discussed possible ideas for celebrating this.
“Ingolstadt has a strong friendship with Kirkcaldy and always welcomes visitors to their town.”
Cllr Soper said it was agreed at the conference that the Association would discuss plans for a local celebration in Kirkcaldy and then forward these ideas to representatives in Germany.
She continued: “Ingolstadt plans to invite all twin towns to share a joint celebration there in 2013.
“Murska Sobota (Slovenia) suggested an artistic event - painters and sculptors together - they have an art fair planned in July. Opolo, Grasse and Ingolstadt have passes for young people to use pool/museum/hotel facilities at reduced entry and Opolo (Poland) wants to do events for artist exchanges.
“Fachoberschule would also like to re-establish its former links with our college when it was known as the College of Technology.’’
She added: “I felt it was a very worthwhile weekend. There were lots of positive links with all the other twin towns and various possibilities for increased cultural, sporting and perhaps even economic links.”