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In August 1972, a twinning partnership agreement between the district of Arnsberg in Germany and the district of West Lothian was signed in the County Buildings, Linlithgow. After reorganisation in Germany in 1975 the area of Arnsberg joined with Brilon and Meschede to become the Hochsauerland.
The aim of the twinning association is to promote friendship and encourage educational and recreational exchanges, whether by individuals or groups of adults, young people and school children, sports teams, musical bands, orchestras, choirs etc..
Funding can be made available, normally on a per capita basis for young people under 21, but consideration will also be given to ex gratia payments for other groups. The actual figure is calculated annually depending on available resources and the number of applicants.
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Few people, in 1972, could have anticipated how the partnership would grow. Today we must have one of the strongest and certainly one of the longest twinning arrangements in Europe and we are delighted our long established link continues to flourish and be successful.
Celebrating 40 Years of Partnership
In 2012 we celebrated our partnership with the Hochsauerland by holding a special evening to commemorate 40 years of twinning. The guests for the evening included the Landrat from Hochsauerland, (Herr Dr. Karl Schneider) and the chairman of the Hochsauerland Twinning Association Erhard Schäffer. One of the original signatories to the twinning agreeement, Ferdi Tilmann, was delighted to return once more to West Lothian. The Provost of West Lothian Tom Kerr and the Leader of the Council John McGinty were also in attendance. Many of the guests attending the evening were the people who had made the twinning association successful over this long period. Many old friends were brought together to remember.