THE Mayor and Mayoress of Reading’s Irish twin town Clonmel will be visiting the borough this weekend.
Councillor Andy Moloney and wife Marie have a busy schedule ahead of them including watching the switching on of the Christmas lights around the town.
The couple’s first engagement will be a trip to the Reading Irish Centre, in Chatham Street, on Friday afternoon where they will meet members of the centre, the founding member of the Reading Clonmel Association Dick O’Brien and Reading’s Mayor Cllr Mohammed Ayub with Deputy Mayor Cllr Rose Williams.
Cllr Ayub will accompany Mr and Mrs Moloney for a behind the scenes guided tour of Madejski Stadium on Saturday morning and in the afternoon they will witness the Christmas light switch-on at the Broad Street Mall.
Saturday evening will see them joining in the celebrations at the Barbados and Friends Annual Gala Dinner and Dance at the Hilton Hotel in south Reading.
Mr and Mrs Moloney join Mass at St James Church, in Forbury Road, on Sunday morning before returning home.
Cllr Ayub said:
“I am really looking forward to showing the Mayor and Mayoress of Clonmel around Reading during their stay.
“They are going to have a very busy weekend with lots of interesting places to visit and lots of people to meet, as well as some time to explore the town themselves.
“We have been twinned with Clonmel for more than 20 years and I am very proud to be extending a warm welcome to the Mayor and Mayoress on behalf of the people of Reading.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Clonmel, in County Tipperary, is one of the largest towns in south-east Ireland and was twinned with Reading in 1994. Reading’s other twin towns are Dusseldorf in Germany; San Francisco Libre in Nicaragua and Speightstown in Barbados.