Hatfield snubbed by Dutch ‘twin’ Zierikzee

PUBLISHED: 16:37 16 September 2011




RELATIONS between Hatfield and its twin town Zierikzee, in the Netherlands, have cooled of late.

Hatfield Town Council revealed how its Dutch counterparts had not been in touch over the past two years, sparking fears for the historic relationship between the two towns.

Friendly ties were forged back in 1953 when, barely above sea level, Zierikzee was damaged by a catastrophic flood and Hatfield sent help.

The long-standing twinning survived Zierikzee’s absorption into the larger Schouwen Duiveland region in 1997, but now relations are at their lowest ebb.

A town council spokeswoman told the WHT: “The twinning did not stop because of the boundary changes.

“However, in the last two years despite this council’s efforts we have had little contact from our partners in the Netherlands.”

Although some effort has been made to maintain the friendship, with Chancellor’s School, in Brookmans Park, playing host to pupils and staff from Zierikzee’s Pontes Peter Zeeman School last year, the council did not rule out cutting ties with Holland altogether.

The spokeswoman added: “I have not been requested to investigate the process in dissolving a twinning agreement.

“It is something members may wish to debate at a future council meeting.”

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