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Newbury strengthens European ties

Twin Town Association makes first visit since EU vote

Dan Cooper

Chris Ord


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Newbury strengthens European ties

AT A time when Britain’s future with the EU remains uncertain, Newbury’s Twin Town Association is doing its best to keep up European relations.

The group has recently returned from Feltre, Newbury’s twin town in northern Italy, where it took part in the popular Palio festival. 

This annual event, at which the four quarters of the town compete against each other in various sporting events, was enjoyed by a huge crowd of locals plus more than 70 visitors from Feltre’s twin towns. 

The weekend included group meals, with specialties such as ‘beer risotto’ served at the local brewery and an open-air buffet on the terrace outside the 17th-century La Sena theatre.

There was also time for the group to explore the Feltre area with their hosts.

The visit also provided the group the chance to upload their photos to, a website created by the Newbury Twin Town Association to capture a snapshot of life in twin towns.

Association chairman Ian Haslam said: “We always enjoy visiting Feltre and were warmly welcomed by our host families. The spectacular mountain scenery around Feltre and its beautifully-restored medieval architecture provide a fitting backdrop to the Palio festivities and our twinning visits.”

Newbury Twin Town Association will now welcome visitors from each of its six twin towns to an international reunion in Newbury next month.

For more information on the Newbury Twin Town Association, visit or contact Rachel Haslam on (01635) 820379 or 07919 555043 or email

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  • rooter37

    31/08/2016 - 12:12

    who paid for this jolly to Italy? How is the twin town association funded? reading their site, Newbury is twinned with 6 towns across Europe! One can assume that trips are taken to all of these, how many people from the committee travel each time? What is the net benefit to Newbury?