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Twinning anniversary to be celebrated in Perth

The 25th anniversary of Perth's twinning with Bydgoszcz will be celebrated this weekend.

Dignitaries from the Polish city, including its Deputy Mayor Maria Wasiak, will spend the weekend visiting some of Perth and Kinross' best loved visitor attractions.

There will also be a 25th anniversary dance and Civic Reception at the Salutation Hotel on Friday, June 9 before the delegation attends the multi-cultural Mela Festival on Saturday 10 June.

There will also be an unveiling of a plaque marking the 25th anniversary of the twinning agreement at Bell's Sports Centre on Saturday.

The twinning agreement between the two cities was signed on 9 May 1988 and it has led to a wide range of cultural and educational exchanges which have  promoted a deeper understanding of each other's cultures and fostered a lasting friendship between the people of both cities.

A delegation from Bydgoszcz was invited to Perth in 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, during which the official unveiling of the Bydgoszcz crest stone carving took place.

However, Perth's history with Poland dates back even further and is now home to one of the largest Polish communities in Scotland.

As with many other Scottish towns and cities, it welcomed members of the Polish Free Forces during the Second World War, many of whom chose to say in Perth and Kinross after the war ended.

A plaque from the Polish 1st Army Corps thanking the people of Perth and Kinross for their hospitality during the war is visible on 3 High Street opposite Perth and Kinross Council headquarters.

In more recent times, Perth and Kinross has welcomed a new generation of Polish migrants. Our Polish community has given significant support to people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, both in Perth and Kinross and in Poland.

Provost Xander McDade said: "Twinning with Bydgoszcz 25 years ago has strengthened the ties between Perth and Poland and it is fantastic we are able to celebrate the anniversary with guests from Bydgoszcz this summer.

"We have a vibrant Polish community in Perth and Kinross and they have played a major part in supporting those fleeing Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

"This is a very significant milestone and a cause for celebration - I hope everyone enjoys the festivities."

 Anyone who wants to learn more about twinning or get involved can email.

Last modified on 08 June 2023

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