It is only within the last few years that there has been a major resurgence of interest in our long-standing twinning links.
A town ‘twinning committee’ was re-established in 2013 and has steadily built momentum, with increasing numbers of visits between Harrogate and Luchon in France and Barrie in Canada.
In 2016 it was almost ‘by accident’ that it was discovered there was a formal twinning agreement with Montecatini Terme in Northern Tuscany dating back to the early ‘60s.
At about the same time Sir Thomas Ingilby, of Ripley Castle, was the catalyst to develop a formal relationship with Barrie, Ontario, being named after the early 19th century naval Commander, and later Sir, Robert Barrie. Sir Robert was married to Julia Wharton Ingilby, and both are buried at Ripley Church.
In 2017 Harrogate International Partnerships was formed, as the operational company reporting to the town’s twinning management committee, developing awareness and opportunities for exchange visits with our international partners.
HIP is a not for profit organisation, and a registered charity to provide support to twinning groups by way of advice, support and grant funding.
The voluntary Directors/Trustees have a wealth of professional and voluntary management experience, and all share a passion for the promotion and development of international partnerships for Harrogate.