CELEBRATIONS are in order as Reading marks the 75th anniversary of its friendship link with Düsseldorf this weekend.

The link with the German city was instigated in 1947 after WW2 by the then Mayor of Reading, Phoebe Cusden, and is now the oldest Anglo-German city friendship. 

This week, Mayor Cllr Rachel Eden will welcome The Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf, Oberbürgermeister Stephan Keller, and members of Düsseldorf City Council.

READ MORE: Resident angry at property developers ‘hazardous’ lack of maintenance

The Mayor and the Oberbürgermeister will re-affirm the friendship link at a Civic meeting on Sunday afternoon, in front of members of the Reading Düsseldorf Association and Reading and Düsseldorf Churches Interchange, representatives from Reading groups who currently carry out twinning exchanges, and guests from Düsseldorf itself.

READ MORE: Revamped Aldi welcomes shoppers again after makeover

Cllr Eden said: “I hope this weekend will be an opportunity to remind everyone of the brilliant opportunities for international links our friendship with Düsseldorf brings.”

There will a photo exhibition called ‘Dorf & Ding’ on display at Central Library collated by Chris Forsey.

It features many vistas of Reading and Düsseldorf from Chris’ own photos, and many from the RDA archive.

In addition, the ‘Head Over Heels’ display by the RDA is being hosted in Reading Museum.