Sheffield mayor celebrates Nicaragua partnership

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LORD Mayor John Campbell hosted an unusual visitor representing a country halfway around the world from Sheffield.

Coun Campbell welcomed Guisell Morales-Echaverry, from the Chargée d’Affaires at the Nicaraguan Embassy.

The visit was organised as part of celebrations to mark Sheffield partnership with Estelí, a town in northern Nicaragua.

Guisell presented him with a plaque and said: “I am so proud that Sheffield is linked with Estelí and for all the support the people of Sheffield have given to projects over the years.”

Sheffield has been a ‘sister city’ to Estelí since 1987, a year after people from Sheffield had been on a brigade to support the Sandinista Revolution in 1986.

Sheffield is twinned with Bochum, in Germany, and Donetsk, in the Ukraine.

Activities and support have continued since then with a yearly fundraising bike ride on the first Sunday in July each year.

The ride raises money to support projects including sanitation, a new library and environmental and education schemes.

A volunteer programme involving students from Sheffield University goes out to Nicaragua each year to teach English.

The meeting between the Mayor and embassy representative was part of Sheffield Esteli Week, which celebrates the twinning.