A GROUP of delegates from Germany have come to Bracknell to celebrate 46 years of twinning with the town.

From June 28 to July 2, delegates from the Leverkusen Twinning Association, which was founded in 1973, visited Bracknell town, along with representatives from the Bracknell Forest Society.

The trip coincided with a tour of Bracknell, with guests visiting South Hill Park and the Jeallot's Hill Land share.

Renate Buchwald, chairman of the Leverkusen Twinning Association, said: "We make yearly visits, and people from Leverkusen come to visit Bracknell and next year, people from Bracknell will come to Leverkusen.

"I think Bracknell Town is wonderful. It is about friendships and I think this is very important."

During their visit, the delegates stayed with Bracknell families, learning about their culture, lifestyle and sharing thoughts about politics and issues in the world.

Councillor Mary Temperton, member of the Bracknell Twinning Association added: "It shows how much we have in common, the culture, their lifestyle and our lifestyle and we stay with those families and you see what it is like living in those families.

"It is political, discussions but you end up being real friends."

The group visited Blenheim Palace and Oxford and on Sunday, they visited Hampton Court, finishing off their visit with a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and a walk to St. Pauls Cathedral.

The last twinning group visit, members discussed the ties between the European Union and whether Brexit will have an impact between the two countries.

Cllr Temperton added: "We work together and say what we would like to do.

"This is different to Brexit, and we are linked with Germany, with friends and we stay together.

"Bracknell Town Council is twinned, whatever happens to Bracknell, nothing will happen."