Exmouths form friendship
PUBLISHED: 12:52 13 July 2013
A plaque emblazoned with the town's coat of arms will be presented to civic dignitaries in Exmouth, Australia.
Peter Dobbs and his wife, Siobhan, are travelling to Exmouth Australia and will act as ‘goodwill’ emissaries.
Last week, at the town council meeting, they were presented with a plaque by mayor John Humphreys to present to Shire President Shale on their arrival.
Exmouth in Australia is the site of a former World War Two pacific US naval base and has a population of 1,844.
Exmouth Town Council (Devon) hopes that this will herald the start of a ‘special relationship’ between the only two towns to share the name.
However, the town council stopped short of proposing a formal twining arrangement, like the relationships the town has with Dinan in France or Langerwehe in Germany because of the 8,572 mile-distance.
Cllr Humphreys said: “As the only two towns in the world to share the fine name of Exmouth, we would very much like to build links between our two councils.
“With both towns boasting a proud maritime history, important sites of natural wonder and superb water sports, we have much in common.”
Mr Dobbs said: “We are honoured to present to the town of Exmouth this plaque on your behalf.”