About Cromer Twinning

Creating Lifelong Bonds & History of Twinning

Creating Lifelong Bonds

How Twinning Works

Twin towns, or sister cities, are a form of social agreement between towns, and cities in geographically distinct areas. The concept of town twinning emerged after World War II as a way to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures, promote peace and reconciliation, and encourage trade and tourism. 

Through town twinning, communities are able to form formal relationships and work together towards shared goals, from cultural and educational exchange to economic development and international cooperation.

In 1980, the town of Cromer signed a twinning agreement with the town of Crest in France. The twinning oath was signed by the mayors of each town, along with representatives from their respective town councils.

The mayors and town councils play a crucial role in the twinning process, as they are responsible for establishing contact with potential twinning partners, negotiating the terms of the twinning agreement, and overseeing its implementation. The mayors also serve as ambassadors for their towns, along with a selected twinning committee.

History of Twinning


As we enter towns and cities across the UK, we often see signs displaying “We are twinned with…”. However, many of us may not be aware of the great significance of this concept.

Twinning was born after the Second World War with the aim of encouraging reconciliation and harmony between countries. This was achieved by establishing connections and exchanges between towns and cities. In fact, twinning dates back even further, with the first recorded modern twinning agreement established in 1920 between Keighley in the UK and Poix-du-Nord in Nord, France following the end of World War I.

Since then, countless friendships have been formed, not only at the council level but also between individuals and families, transcending cultures and enhancing connections on many levels. The twinning movement has been inspired by several people, including French diplomats Jean Monnet and Sir Winston Churchill. However, it is people from all walks of life who have embraced its warmth and passed it on to future generations.

Above all, twinning is a spark of hope in our sometimes troubled world, educating the hearts of many through its teachings.


Meet Our Team

Our twinning association is fortunate to have a passionate team of individuals who work tirelessly to establish strong relationships between our twinned towns. Jilly Boocock leads as our Chairwoman, providing vision and leadership to the association. Furthermore, Angela Wrighton serves as our incredible Secretary, managing the day-to-day operations and keeping everyone organized. Consequently, David Stevens serves as our Treasurer, ensuring that our finances are handled efficiently and responsibly. Additionally, Stuart Meakin, Gordon Little, and Sharon Willimott are members of our committee, each bringing unique perspectives and valuable ideas to our efforts.

Through the many events that our members organize, we raise funds to support our twinning endeavours. Therefore, whether it’s a community fundraiser or celebration, our committee works tirelessly to create opportunities for our community to come together and support our mission. We are grateful for the time and energy that our team dedicates to making these events a success. Thanks to their enthusiasm, we can ensure that the true meaning and substance of twinning are passed on to future generations.

Lifelong Friendships: A Q&A about Cromer Twinning Association and its Mission to Promote Cultural Exchange and Understanding

  1. Q: What is the goal of twinning and how does it benefit communities?

    A: Twinning aims to promote cultural exchange, understanding, and friendship between communities in different countries. It fosters a sense of global connectedness and can also bring economic benefits through increased tourism and trade.

  2. Q: What inspired the creation of twinning agreements between towns and cities?

    A: The concept of town twinning emerged after World War II as a way to promote peace, reconciliation, and understanding between countries that had previously been enemies.

  3. Q: How did Cromer become twinned with Nidda and Crest?

    A: In 1980, Cromer signed a twinning agreement with Crest, France, and in 1990, Nidda, Germany, was added to the partnership. The twinning agreements were signed by the mayors of each town, along with representatives from their respective town councils.

  4. Q: What kinds of activities and events does the Cromer Twinning Association organize?

    A: The Cromer Twinning Association organizes a range of cultural, educational, and social events, such as language exchanges, school visits, sports tournaments, and food festivals. These events help to foster friendships and understanding between communities in Cromer, Nidda, and Crest.

  5. Q: How does twinning benefit young people?

    A: Twinning provides opportunities for young people to participate in cultural exchanges, learn new languages, and make friends with people from different countries. These experiences can broaden their horizons, enhance their understanding of the world, and improve their employability in an increasingly globalized job market.

  6. Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected twinning activities?

    A: The pandemic has disrupted many twinning activities, such as in-person exchanges and events. However, many associations have adapted by holding virtual events, such as online language classes, virtual tours, and video conferences.

  7. Q: What are some of the future goals of the Cromer Twinning Association?

    A: The Cromer Twinning Association aims to continue to promote cultural exchange and understanding between communities in Cromer, Nidda, and Crest. It also hopes to expand its twinning partnerships with other towns and cities in the future.

  8. Q: What are some of the most memorable moments in the history of global twinning?

    A: Some landmark events in the history of twinning include the first modern twinning agreement between Keighley, UK, and Poix-du-Nord, France, in 1920; the creation of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions in 1951, which helped to formalize twinning partnerships across Europe; and the formation of the International Association of Twin Cities in 1957, which promotes twinning globally.