Published: Tuesday, 18 February 2020

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons, is taking the train across Europe to visit some of Oxford’s twin cities with messages of friendship and co-operation for the future.

As part of his commitment to a year of low-carbon initiatives, Mayor Craig Simmons will make the journey by train for the UK to the Netherlands, Germany and Poland visiting Leiden, Bonn and Wrocław between 26 Feb and 3 March.

The visits were originally planned for 2019 but were delayed until after Brexit so that the visits could focus on long-term relationships. The Mayor is asking any residents who would like to share short messages of support or to build links for their organisation with the twin cities to send their message to

Later this year Oxford will host a celebration event for all twin city links, #WeAreOxford Twin Cities, which will focus on building and strengthening Oxford’s international links for cultural, community and business benefit in the future.

 “Oxford is an international city in reputation, communities and culture, and we want to continue that in the future. These visits are a demonstration of our commitment to those ties we have in Europe.

“I would like to carry messages of friendship not just from the Council but from the people of Oxford as well. If any residents have a particular message of friendship or are looking to build links for their organisation in these cities I would be delighted to share them with the representatives of Leiden, Bonn and Wrocław.

“We’ve enjoyed cultural exchanges as well as exchange of knowledge and expertise with our twin cities, and my message is that we value that more than ever as we leave the EU and build a new international status.”

Councillor Craig Simmons, the Lord Mayor of Oxford

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