Workington is situated on the west coast of Cumbria, at the mouth of the River Derwent in the Irish Sea. Cumbria is a county in northwest England. The name “Cumbria” has used for this area for hundreds of years. The area was formerly settled in by the Celts, and this is where the name stems from. The Lake District National Park is in Cumbria and is one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.
Workington is an industrial town with a population of 25,000 (in 1991). In the area around Workington, coal and steel production were the main industries for many years. Workington is the town where the regional authorities sit. Other important towns in the area are Cockermouth, Keswick, and Maryport. The nuclear power station in Sellafield is world famous.
Workington, Nordengland, Cumbria
The RGRE (Rat der Gemeinden und Regionen Europas – Council for communities and regions in Europe) put Workington into partnership with Selm in October 1992 following both towns declaring their interest in a German-British partnership.
Interesse an einer deutsch-britischen Partnerschaft angemeldet hatten, sandte im
Franz Schrade from the culture office and David Jones from Workington organised the first meeting for May 1993 in Selm. The four headed delegation from Workington had other German towns on their lists, but by the end of the visit, one thing was clear: Selm and Workington were meant for each other.
The tests – a circuit of Selm and a trip on a lifeboat in Workington – survived by the appropriate delegation with courage!
The mayoress of Selm, Inge Hamann, the town director of Selm, Peter Vaerst, and mayor of Workington Peter Bales and Anne Ferguson signed the certificate for the partnership on 30th April 1994 in the town hall in Selm, and on 27th May in Curwen Hall in Workington. The first contact with the many host and guest families has led to long lasting friendships. There has been an exchange scheme between Stainburn School in Workington and the Gymnasium in Selm since 1995.