Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Trowbridge, with a population of 40,000 has been twinned with Leer in Germany since 1989. It is also twinned with three other towns from three other countries: France, Morocco, and Poland. Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire, England on the River Biss, 8 miles south east of Bath, Somerset, from which it is separated by the Mendip Hills, which rise three miles to the west.
Trowbridge Museum has a significant collection of textile related machinery on display, including a very rare Spinning Jenny, woollen cloth samples, tools and other material related to the West of England woollen cloth industry. The museum also holds a wide-ranging collection of objects which demonstrate the social and cultural history of its people, including poet George Crabbe and the inventor of phonographic shorthand Sir Isaac Pitman.
Leer is a town in the northwestern part of Lower Saxony, Germany. It is situated on the river Leda , a tributary of the river Ems, near the border with the Netherlands. It is home to many German shipping companies; about 20 per cent of the German merchant fleet are registered in Leer. Even though the town is some 30 kms (19 miles) away from the coast, it can be reached by large ships via the Ems.
Each year in autumn the Gallimarkt is held. Traditionally a cattle-market, the Gallimarkt is now one of the largest fairs in northwest Germany competing well with other Oktoberfests in the country.