A PACKED programme of events is taking place in and around Penzance this week to celebrate the 40th year of the annual week of partnership and sport with its German twin.
A group from Penzance made the first trip to Cuxhaven, situated on the shore of the North Sea at the mouth of the Weser River, in September 1973, travelling by rail to Harwich via London, then by ferry to Bremerhaven before being met by coach to take them to Cuxhaven.
More than 40 visitors from Cuxhaven are currently staying with families in the town, enjoying trips around west Cornwall, visiting attractions from Land's End to St Michael's Mount, Trengwainton to Truro and Heartlands at Pool to St Ives.
In addition, several of the visitors belong to a guitar group and they performed at several venues, including a lunchtime concert at St Mary's Church.
The German party and host members of the Penzance-Cuxhaven Twinning Association enjoyed a reception in the Zennor building at Penwith College hosted by Penzance mayor Phil Rendle.
There the guests were presented with a model based on the Mount's Bay fishing vessels of the 19th century and crafted in copper by Michael Johnson of The Copper Works, Newlyn.
John Richards, chairman of the twinning association and someone who was on that first trip to Cuxhaven, said: "Many friendships have been forged over the past 40 years and we look forward in years to come to continue building a strong bond with each other. I hope we will also carry on encouraging our young people to make lasting friendships and return to each other's towns."