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26 Jun 2008

Green Route Trophy Heads Back To Wuppertal

Press release


The Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside handing the Green Route trophy to Klaus Schneider-Ott, Deputy Leader of the Wuppertal Green Route Association. The Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside handing the Green Route trophy to Klaus Schneider-Ott, Deputy Leader of the Wuppertal Green Route Association.

A group of 13 cyclists from the Green Route Association in South Tyneside's German twin town have completed a 140-mile Coast-To-Coast ride from Whitehaven to South Shields to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the setting up of the Green Route between the two towns.

They were joined at the end of their five-day ride by the Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor John Anglin, who presented them with the Green Route trophy. This trophy has been carried back and forth between Wuppertal and South Tyneside on the many cycling trips over the past decade.

The Deputy Mayor said: "It's great to see that our town twinning links are still going strong. I am honoured to present the Green Route trophy to our German friends who have forged such excellent relationships with many people in South Tyneside over the last ten years."

The cycling links began after an inaugural ride by a large team of 27 cyclists mostly from South Shields Town Hall pioneered the idea of establishing a different kind of twin town exchange. It has developed into a recognised EuroVelo route.

The German cyclists issued an invitation for a group from South Tyneside to visit Wuppertal to ride a new route from the source of the River Wupper to where it meets the River Rhine. Anyone interested in taking part in Green Route cycling activities should contact organiser Tom Fennelly on 0191 455 6342.

Caption: The Deputy Mayor of South Tyneside handing the Green Route trophy to Klaus Schneider-Ott, Deputy Leader of the Wuppertal Green Route Association.

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