Message of friendship to Midhurst from twin town after ‘leave’ vote

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In the aftermath of Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union and the vote to leave, Midhurst’s German twin town Baiersbronn has sent an assurance of continued friendship.

Burgermeister Michael Ruf said: “Friendship is stronger than officialdom.”

Mr Ruf led the welcoming group when a 20 strong group of Midhurst twinners visited the German town in May. It followed a visit to Midhurst by the Germans last May to celebrate thirty years of friendship between the two towns.

In a message to Colin Hughes who organises the Midhurst twinning events, Mr Ruf said: “We are completely surprised about the result of the referendum.

“We are deeply concerned of what consequences this decision will have on all of us.

“But as we have already said during your visit in Baiersbronn, there will be no consequences on our friendship and partnership. Friendship is stronger than officialdom.

“We are happy to hear, that you are already working on plans for our next trip to Midhurst. After that decision it is more important than ever, that we fill our partnership with life. We feel though or even because of the decision - more strength in the partnership between our communities.

“Our thoughts are with you.”

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