From butchers to doctors to teachers, people in paired towns across Europe discuss daily life – and facing the big splitTanwir Jilani, 51, Jilani’s Halal Family Butcher, Longsight, Manchester
I think it would have been better to stay in the EU for business reasons. We’re all out to make a living
Although the idea of twinning towns predates the second world war, it was in its aftermath that the concept took hold as a way of promoting reconciliation and friendship between nations. Coventry, which suffered heavy bombing, was a pioneer. In 1942, women from the city sent a message of hope to the women of Stalingrad (now Volgograd), which had also been devastated. Two years later, the two cities agreed an official “bond of friendship”. Links with Kiel (1947) and Dresden (1956) followed.
The original idea to twin communities after the second world war was to reduce the risk of future world conflict
With Brexit, there will be difficulties. This makes the connection between Coventry and Dresden all the more valuable'Brexit won't influence our friendship': workers in twinned towns on their parallel lives
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