CALDERDALE has a Czech twin – and its residents have flown into town.
This year Calderdale celebrates 20 years of friendship with its Czech twin, the Strakonice district of South Bohemia and a group of visitors arrived on Sunday for an action-packed few days in their twin town.
Rastrick’s John Sheppard, of the Calderdale-Strakonice Twinning Association, said: “Strong friendships have been formed over the years among the hundreds of people who have been involved in the enjoyable encounters of old friends and new in both Calderdale and Strakonice.
“The hospitality of our Czech twins is always warm and generous and we welcome opportunities to repay some of this.”
They will stay with local families and visit Halifax, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.
Today they will plant a commemorative tree in Shibden Hall Park. Blanka Malinová, who was in the first official delegation to Calderdale in 1992 when she was Mayor of Blatná, in Strakonice District, is among the party along with deputy mayor Pavel Pavel.
It is not the first time the Czech visitors have been in Calderdale – in 1995 musicians from Strakonice performed at the Piece Hall in Halifax. In 1998 they planted their first tree at Shibden Park to commemorate Václav Sládek, the international officer from Strakonice district who had died.