Members of Preston Twinning Partnership (PTP) are reaping success in their aim to publicise the city internationally.
The organisation has now managed to link up with other places twinned with Preston’s German twin town of Recklinghausen, including the town of Douai in northern France.
A group of three members from PTP recently attended a conference in Douai, where they met with delegates from Holland, Poland and Romania, discussing joint problems and possible solutions.
Jürgen Voges, secretary of PTP said: “We discussed problems we’re all having with the economy, and also things like voluntary services and gender equality.
“I think it’s important that we do networking like this, for our own survival. We have to learn about the way other places work and what is successful for them.”
Mr Voges is also keen for Prestonians to learn more about Europe, and not to be swayed by Euro-sceptic media.
He also wants to help provide international contacts for individuals and businesses.
At the end of the Douai conference, organiser Marie Delecambre presented the PTP with a volume of pictures by the famous French painter Corot, which has now been handed to the Harris Museum.