Civic leaders from Sheffield’s German twin city are crossing the North Sea.
A delegation from Bochum is due to arrive in Sheffield today, and will stay until Sunday.
The visit has been organised by Axel Schäfer, MP for Bochum and deputy chairman of the Social Democratic party in the German Parliament, after he met with Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield last year.
A programme of events has been arranged so the Bochum delegation can learn more about Sheffield and celebrate the links between the two cities, which have been twinned since 1950.
The Bochum delegation will be given a tour of the English Institute of Sport and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and meet businesses and sixth form students.
They will receive a formal civic welcome in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in the Town Hall. Mr Schäfer will also deliver a public lecture at Sheffield University on ‘The Future of Europe’ at 11am on Saturday, and a dinner will be held at Sheffield College to celebrate Europe Day.