South Molton receives gifts from Ghana

SOUTH Molton s Town Hall has never seen the likes of it! But traditional Ghanaian garments, statuettes - and even an African chief s chair - are the latest treasured additions now adorning the mayor s parlour! The gifts were received on behalf of the tow

SOUTH Molton's Town Hall has never seen the likes of it! But traditional Ghanaian garments, statuettes - and even an African chief's chair - are the latest treasured additions now adorning the mayor's parlour!The gifts were received on behalf of the town by Mayor Cllr Stephen Lock during a trip to sign a twinning agreement with a region of the West African country.Cllr Lock signed a "Sister City Memorandum of Understanding" with the Shama District of Ghana at a ceremony witnessed by a Durbar of Chiefs. The sistership agreement was also signed by district co-ordinating director David Hammond on behalf of the Shama District Assembly, and Prince Kwame Kludjeson, president of the African Global Sister Cities Foundation. It is hoped the partnership will encourage exchange programmes between students, teachers and organisations including councils, police, churches, sports teams and the local media. Both communities can expect to gain from cultural exchanges, tourism and business opportunities which will arise through the partnership. Cllr Lock was able to speak on Ghanaian breakfast television to explain the programme and outline some ideas for future development of the links. He and fellow South Molton Town Cllr David Worden are now investigating ways of getting goods to Ghana in order to help the schools, farmers and neediest members of the Shama District.Anyone who has a way of getting a container to Ghana is asked to contact Cllr Lock or Cllr Worden on (01769) 572809 or (01769) 574383.


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