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Town twinning: Outline
Datteln - Situated on the North Rhine in Westphalia, Datteln, a small town with a population of 37,500, lies at the heart of Germany's canal network. Since twinning began in 1971 numerous close personal relationships have been forged, culminating in 1996 with spectacular celebrations at the Datteln Kanalfest and the Cannock Carnival to mark the 25th anniversary of the twinning. Every year clubs, societies and local people visit Datteln to make new friends and renew existing friendships.
Western Springs - Links between Cannock Chase and Western Springs have flourished since the twinning with Rugeley was founded in 1957. Western Springs, when it was originally settled, took its name from an abundance of cool, clear spring water. With a population of 12,000, the town is a convenient 25 minutes fast express ride from Chicago. Townsfolk have always made visitors very welcome and, despite the distance between both communities, the bonds of friendship have blossomed with occasional visits and regular correspondence.
If anyone wishes to become actively involved with Datteln or Western Springs, then the first step is to contact Cannock Chase Council on (01543) 462621.
Tel: 01543 462621
Fax: 01543 462317Policy Team, Civic Buildings, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 1BG