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Plans to twin Banff with Canadian namesake revealed at meeting

By Kyle Ritchie

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A proposal to twin Banff with its namesake in Canada has been unveiled at a public meeting.

Members from a wide range of local community groups visited Banff Academy to hear about the plans to create a partnership between the two towns.

Organisers who have spearheaded the project outlined how the proposal is set to progress and showed a film that has been created which will be sent to representives in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Banff in Alberta, Canada, is situated in the Rocky Mountains.
Banff in Alberta, Canada, is situated in the Rocky Mountains.

Local businessman Des Cheyne provided the background to the idea.

He said: “Tourism is an opportunity we can’t afford to miss. With the potential of the Banff to Banff partnership we would be foolish not to grasp this opportunity.”

Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Andy Simpson has also been involved in the the twinning project and outlined the proposal.

Its objectives are to provide opportunities for members of both communities to learn from each other and encourage commercial, corporate and other organisations to share experiences and expertise.

He said: “We want to show the Canadians we are serious about getting into a partnership and to develop it.”

The proposal will now be sent to the Canadaian community, which will assess it.

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