The Town Twinning movement began after the Second World War with the passionate support of mayors and citizens who vowed that Europe should never be torn apart by war again

In the mid-twentieth century, ‘twinning’ became popular with cities across the world, fostering international relationships, facilitating information sharing and mutual support.

Pontypool Community Council has official twinning partnerships with three European towns:

Taking it in turns, the twinned towns hold a yearly Youth Festival enabling young people from each town to meet together to enjoy a week of cultural, sporting, educational and social activities. Pontypool also welcomes visits from these twinned towns throughout the year as separate excursions, introducing visitors to the history and culture of Pontypool and the surrounding area.

Below is a timeline showing the original signing of Twinning Charters:

March 1994

Pontypool twinned with Longjumeau – Signed March 1994 in Longjumeau

Longjumeau, France

October 1994

Pontypool twinned with Bretton – Signed October 1994 in Pontypool

Bretten, Germany

February 1999

Pontypool twinned with Condeixa – Signed February 1999 in Pontypool

Condeixa, Portugal