Twinning call between Poole and Newfoundland
THE COUNCILORS called for a new attempt to secure a formal partnership between Poole and St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada.
Members of Poole’s charter trustees made the suggestion last week when discussing the relationship with the city’s only twin – Cherbourg in France.
Former PCO Council Chief Councilor Vikki Slade said it was “more important than ever” to build ties with other countries and that it would not be a “happy” taxpayer funded .
The links between Dorset and Newfoundland on the east coast of Canada go back several centuries, particularly through the cod trade.
Attempts were made decades ago to twin Poole and St John’s – the capital of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, but have not been pursued due to the distance between the two.
But during a discussion of the current sister city of Cherbourg, Cllr Slade suggested that Poole look to link up with other cities, especially in Canada because of these historic ties.
“I think it’s more important than ever that we maintain commercial and cultural leisure links with other places,” she said. “Poole only has one link with Cherbourg, which is clearly a perfect place because we are physically connected with them.
“However, our sister cities have other places and we have wonderful historical connections with places in Canada.
“I’m not suggesting that we’ll be leaving in a bit of a cheerful, council-funded way, but there are many ways to strengthen relationships with other places we have connections with and I would love to see the city open its doors. doors and opens his mind to other places.
Several years ago there was a campaign to erect a statue of a Labrador and Newfoundland dog in Poole which would have been an exact replica of a statue already in place in St John’s.
Councilor Ann Stribley, who was a councilor at the time of the Poole and Cherbourg twinning, said there was still a connection between the two and a number of councilors had visited St John’s before.
She highlighted the work of the Wessex Newfoundland Society which has helped maintain the bond between the two.
Another founding director and former member of the company, Councilor Mike Brooke, said creating an official twinning link would be “a real tribute” to the work of the organization.
“I know the people of St John’s would certainly love to continue the communications and the story and of course with the advent of the digital world that doesn’t require a visit,” he said.
“It would be a wonderful experience I think for everyone and to carry on this great tradition that there has been over the centuries.”
It was agreed to explore the feasibility of the arrangement through the BCP Board.