2013 marked the 10th visit to Stone by young people from Bagnacavallo, Stone’s partner town in Italy. In late June and early July, 12 Bagnacavallo students spent two weeks in Stone staying with local families, learning English at Alleynes High School and visiting the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Shugborough Hall and Alton Towers.
The visit is organized by the Bagnacavallo Twinning Association and Stone Twinning Committee in cooperation with Stone Council. “Besides improving their English, it strengthens the link between the two towns and fosters in younger generations a sense of belonging to Europe,” leader Mariangela Rondinelli told the Gazette.
To mark the 10th anniversary, the students were joined by Chair of Bagnacavallo Twinning Association Gabriella Foschini for the final days of their stay. The farewell dinner at the Mill Restaurant in Stone was attended by Town Mayor Jill Piggott and husband, Stone Twinning Committee Chair Giuseppe Termine and other members.
This year, the students received their school attendance certificates from the Stone Mayor personally.
The students, their families, the Twinning Association of Bagnacavallo and Bagnacavallo Mayor Laura Rossi would like to thank the host families and the people of Stone for their hospitality, cooperation and the success of this project