Local BBC Sites

Page last updated at 08:24 GMT, Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Swindon is named as the twin town for Walt Disney World
Advertisement

Swindon twinned with Disney World

It's not unusual for our towns and cities to have 'twins' abroad.

Trowbridge has four, in France, Germany, Poland and Morocco and Salisbury has two, in France and Germany.

Swindon already has three: Saltzgitter in Germany, Ocotal in Nicaragua and Torun in Poland, but has just acquired a fourth, Walt Disney World.

It's all thanks to Rebecca Warren from Swindon, who entered a competition and beat 500 other entries to win.

"I still cannot believe that my entry has been selected," 20-year-old Rebecca said.

"It's fantastic!"

Rebecca's entry, a video slideshow with a poem, beat the 24 other shortlisted entries.

Some of the other nominated towns were Blackpool, Aberdeen, Chester, Milton Keynes and Wigan.

Rebecca with her niece and nephew
Rebecca plans to take her niece and nephew to the naming ceremony

Rebecca will now fly to Florida with her nephew Aaron and niece Amy, to unveil the 'Walt Disney World Twinned with Swindon' sign.

"My wish was always to be Cinderella with a beautiful ball gown, so I'm really looking forward to dressing the part for the twinning ceremony in January," she said.

"It will be so exciting to see Swindon's name alongside Walt Disney World on the sign in Florida."

She'll then bring home a sign to be put up in Swindon.

"Rebecca's video entry was selected for its creativity, sense of fun and the way in which it showcases the elements of Swindon that reflect key aspects of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida," a Walt Disney World spokesperson said.

Hugh Wood of Disney Destinations International said: "Rebecca's video really stood out.

"Her local pride and creative approach, coupled with her obvious knowledge of Walt Disney World just made the difference.

"We're looking forward to building a friendly and magical relationship with our new twin, Swindon," Mr Wood said.




SEE ALSO
Market town twins with Arab city
03 Oct 06 |  Wiltshire
Why twin your town?
20 May 05 |  Africa
What's the point of twinning your town?
28 Apr 09 |  Daily Politics
Twin town couple to wed
03 May 03 |  South east


BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific