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IN August 1972, the German district of Kreis Arnsberg and West Lothian signed a twinning agreement in Linlithgow’s County Buildings.

In 1975, Kreis Arnsberg became Hochsauerlandkreis (HSK) and since then hundreds of visits have taken place with the West Lothian Twinning Association.

For many years, Linlithgow’s Laetare International Centre housed German school groups, youth orchestras and marching bands who came to local festivals and gala days.

When the town’s Reed Band celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1981, it visited Hochsauerland with twinning association secretary, John Calder, the former county clerk of West Lothian who had signed the original twinning document.

The Reed Band now has five visits under its belt.

The official 40th anniversary dinner will take place in Linlithgow Burgh halls on Monday, September 3.

Murdoch Kennedy