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On the 24 th July 2015 Leek Twinning supported the Basil Nicholson Commemoration. The stall was well supported by committee members and hosts and had lots of photo memorabilia from 2002-2015.

Information was supplied for anyone interested in going to Este, or hosting people from Este. Although it was a dull day and later, turned to rain, it was well supported and many people took the information supplied. A lot of people were interest in Este and where it is situated. The display ended at 2-30pm.

Anyone interested in twinning or hosting should contact:- Maria on 01538 361191 (secretary)

November 2014, Leek Twinning took part in the switching on of the town's lights, to try and promote twinning as a whole and recruit new committee members and host families, plus making people aware of what twinning is about.  Anybody interested in hosting Italians or becoming a committee member, should contact Paul Baxter on
01538 382913

Leek Mayor and her husband plus the Este Mayor laying wreathes. (2012)
The Mayors of Leek and Este, Pam Wood and Giancarlo Piva, carrying out their speeches at the Monument. (2012)
Leek and Este wreathes at the Este Monument for the Fallen. (2012)
Pam Wood and her husband. (2012)



Our Mayor greeting the Italians in the Nicholson Institute Library


Italian Mayor with standard bearers
(directly below)


Three general photos of different Italian regiments mainly Bersaglier

On Thursday, November the 10th 2011 saw the arrival of 49 Italians, including the Mayors from Leek's twin town of Este and Chioggia, both in Italy, to take part in our remembrance weekend. There was also a group of students from Bad-Windsheim in Germany. On Friday morning all parties were given an official welcome by Leek's Mayor Barrie Cowie in The Nicholson Institute. Then on to Lichfield, The National Memorial Arboretum and Alrewas. Later several people attended a concert at St. Mary's Church Compton, Leek. On Saturday evening, Leek Twinning Committee provided a meal at Leek High School for hosts and guests. The entertainment was supplied by The Blythe Bridge Saxophone Ensemble and The Bersaglieri Band, which brought the evening to an end. Sunday morning started with a procession from Market Street to St. Edwards Church for a remembrance service, then on to the Cenotaph for laying of wreathes. The Royal Salute was taken in Derby Street, then all descended on to Fat Olives in Getliffes Yard for refreshments. In the afternoon the procession reformed at Ball Haye Sports and Social Club and proceeded to the memorial at Ball Haye Green to lay wreaths. Sunday evening saw everyone involved having a meal at Rudyard Lake Hotel. Entertainment was supplied by Bersaglieri Band and the Chioggia singers. Presentations were made by the Mayors of Este, Chioggia and Barrie Cowie, a special gift was given to the twinning committee for all their hard work. Monday saw the Italians taking a day trip to Liverpool followed by an evening with hosts. On Tuesday morning we said our goodbyes to the Italians as they journeyed home.

Friends from Este join us on Remembrance Sunday in Leek
Our veterans meet in Este

The Clock Tower, Este
The Moat, Este

View over Este
The Castle Walls, Este

Este visitors at Leek Fire Station

The Este Downs Choir in and around Leek


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