Swindon twinned with Disney World!

For me the one thing I knew about Swindon was that Billy Piper came from there, which I’m sure you will agree is a quality claim to fame however…

20 year old Rebecca Warren may have just topped that. She entered her home town in a competition to find Disney World, Florida a British twin and out of 500 other nominations, Swindon won.

Rebecca showcased the town’s credentials via a minute long video comparing Disney’s highlights with that of Disney’s. She accompanied this with a poem. One line reads: “We may not have a castle or the hot Florida sun, but we do sure have what Disney has, its fun for everyone”

Hugh Wood from Disney destinations International said: “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.”

 

Walt Disney Wiltshire will benefit from a string of accolades including an honor in the United Kingdom Pavilion at World Showcase within Epcot throughout 2010 and a community outreach programme in collaboration with Swindon Council and Disney’s community relations team.

 

Celebrations will kick off with a “twinning ceremony” in January.

 

It’s the first twinning for Disney, but the fifth for Swindon; its other twin towns are Salzgitter, Germany, Ocotal, Nicaragua, Torun, Poland and Chatanooga, USA.

Mayor of Swindon, Cllr David Wren, said: “We’re delighted the judges decided that Swindon’s magic complemented that of Walt Disney World.

 

“Rebecca did a great job promoting our town and we look forward to linking up with Disney over the coming year.”

To see all the nominations click here  

by James Thomas

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