South Shields could become the world’s most-twinned town

Eric MacLennan in King Street, South Shields, as part of his twinning mission.
Eric MacLennan in King Street, South Shields, as part of his twinning mission.
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An artist is right on track to make South Shields the world’s most twinned town – by pairing structures and objects with others around the globe.

The current Guinness World Record for twinning is held by St Petersburg in Russia, but Scottish artist and theatre maker Eric MacLennan believes that South Shields has a good chance to take the title.

I think we’re right on track.

Eric MacLennan

For the last few weeks Eric has been based at Central Library, in Prince Georg Square, and has asked for South Tynesiders to help make 100 twinnings happen.

People have taken a part of the town which may be special to them, and have encouraged others across the globe to find a match.

Eric now believes he is about 10 twinnings short, but with his campaign continuing until Friday lunchtime, he’s confident he’ll get there.

He said: “I think we’re right on track, and there’s still time left to get a few more, so I am feeling confident.

“I think some of the more unusual twinnings we’ve had recently is that we have twinned an underpass in South Shields with one in Bangladesh.

“Plus the curved railings outside the old shoe store Riddicks, on the corner of Fowler Street, have been twinned with a similar set of railings in Shoreditch.”

Once all the material is gathered there will be a parade to celebrate the twinnings and on October 30, a musical procession between Central Library and The Word, which is being built in Market Place.

Eric will be at Central Library library today from 9am to 7pm, Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday morning.