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Twinning: the Bristol - Bordeaux partnership

On Friday night, Bristol and Bordeaux will be on opposing sides as they battle it out for a place in the final of the European Challenge Cup, but away from the rugby pitch, the two cities have enjoyed a close association for more than 70 years.

Bristol was officially twinned with Bordeaux in 1947 in a spirit of reconciliation and with the aim of building a stronger Europe.

Over the years, thousands of Bristolians have taken part in cultural, commercial and educational exchanges since those early post war days.

The Bristol Bordeaux Partnership exists to develop greater understanding, links and friendship between the people of Bristol and Bordeaux; to promote cultural, economic, civic and educational links between both cities; encourage exchange visits by groups representing all walks of life and age groups from in and around the two cities; and promote trade, employment, innovation and growth.

Alix Hughes, International Twinning Officer at Bristol City Council, said: “It’s brilliant that Bristol are playing Bordeaux-Begles in such a prestigious European semi final.

“It adds an extra dimension for all the fans in both cities and I am sure many Bristolians who have taken part in the schools exchange and all the other sporting, cultural and business exchanges over the years will take a special interest in the result.”

Mike Healey, Chairman of Bristol Bordeaux Partnership, added: “Bristol and Bordeaux are creative, artistic and vibrant places to live, work and learn and we are stronger together. That being said in a sporting sense we admit to a rugby bias: Allez les Ourses!

The Bristol Bordeaux Partnership is a ‘not-for-profit’ membership organisation dedicated to continuing the long-held links between the two cities.

“To learn more and to join our Partnership as an individual, organisation or as a company please visit our website, Facebook or Linkedin pages.”


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