Gomel children visit the Town House

Children from Aberdeen's twin town of Gomel in Belarus will visit the Town House at 10.30am on Wednesday, 23 July.

The youngsters will be met by the Lord and Lady Provost Peter and Sandra Stephen on Tuesday and will be given a tour of the Town House, including the civic rooms.

They will each be presented with a small gift as a souvenir of their visit and enjoy a spread of sandwiches, biscuits and cakes.

Lord Provost of Aberdeen Peter Stephen said: "We are delighted to meet all the children from Gomel and to show them round the Town House and tell them more about Aberdeen and we hope they will enjoy visiting some of the local attractions while they are here."

Aberdeen is twinned with Regensburg in Germany, Clermont-Ferrand in France, Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and Stavanger in Norway as well as Gomel, which has had a twinning agreement with the Granite City since 1990.

Twinning started after World War II as a way of encouraging reconciliation between people in Europe. Most twinning links were initially between French and German towns, but the UK also became involved.

Aberdeen's twin city activities in recent years have included education, culture and the arts, sport, tourism, commerce, science and technology, health and medical matters, environmental projects and language learning, with benefits to people in each city.