Thorpe St Andrew to become twinned with town more than 3,000 miles away in Canada
PUBLISHED: 15:31 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:33 14 March 2018
One is a picturesque town along the River Yare, while the other hugs the coastline of eastern Canada - more than 3,000 miles away.
Despite the vast distances between them, Thorpe St Andrew near Norwich and St Andrews in New Brunswick will next month become a lot closer.
Councillors from both towns are exploring the possibility of twinning the two communities.
While Thorpe St Andrew Town Council has already agreed to the idea, councillors in St Andrews are due to make a decision in early April.
It is hoped the official twinning will then take place in the middle of next month.
Thorpe town mayor Ian Mackie said: “The town of St Andrews [in Canada] has a rich history and active community, just like ourselves. We appear to have so much in common, not only in name.
“I think this is going to be a wonderful relationship for both towns and it adds a new and exciting dimension to our activities.”
The concept of twinning towns or cities was conceived after the Second World War as a way fostering friendships between different cultures.
They are said to encourage tourism and trade.
Town clerk Thomas Foreman said the council had first explored the idea of linking itself with another town in 2016.
He said it could give community groups and schools the chance to get involved in exchanges.
“With technology making the world a more accessible place, there has never been a better time for twinning,” Mr Foreman said.
“Times have moved on since the days of ‘funded trips’, to a place where with other than small costs of sharing flags, we can get real benefit to the community through promoting our town and its activities abroad.”
As well as a similar name, Thorpe has another unusual link with its Canadian counterpart, located 3,037 miles away.
Town council records show that a Pvt H Wicks from the 44th New Brunswick Regiment is commemorated on Thorpe’s war memorial. April 26 will mark the 100th anniversary since his death.
Despite some similarities between the two towns, there are also some differences.
Thorpe has a population of more than 14,500 people and is recorded in the Domesday Book, while St Andrews has just 1,889 residents and was founded in 1783.