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2nd Jul, 2022

Trip to China for award-winning friendship

STRATFORD District Council has received an award from the Chinese government.

Council chairman Christopher Kettle will collect the award at the China International Friendship Cities Conference in Fuzhou City, on a trip paid for by the Chinese government.

The award is for the project taking place between Stratford and Fuzhou, which will see a replica of Shakespeare’s Stratford as part of a new cultural centre in the city.

Coun Kettle said: “This a great opportunity for Stratford district and reflects the work that the district council, along with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the RSC and King Edward Grammar School, have been doing with the City of Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province, and it is such a privilege and honour to be collecting this award on behalf of the district council.”

Delegates from authorities and organisations across the world will discuss how to build modern eco-friendly cities and encourage development and prosperity.

The biennial event was last held in 2016 and representatives from over 200 cities around the world attended the conference and exchanged ideas.

China has to date established 2,340 pairs of friendship provinces and cities with foreign counterparts.

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