A GROUP of American students from LaGrange in Georgia, sister city of Craigavon, enjoyed last week’s visit to the borough so much they would love to come back.
Thirteen students from West Georgia Technical College spent a week in the area, and one of the three staff members who accompanied them praised the people of Craigavon, and other parts of the country they visited, for the hospitality extended to them.
“We have had a wonderful time, and our students enjoyed the visit so much that they would really love to come back again,” Mrs Nihal Gunay said at a reception in Craigavon Civic Centre hosted by the Craigavon Sister City Committee.
Mrs Gunay, Dean of the School of Distance Learning at West Georgia Technical College, said they had been overwhelmed by the friendship shown to them by the people of Craigavon.
She said they had been greatly impressed by Craigavon and its facilities, and also by the other parts of Northern Ireland they had visited during the week.
Mrs Gunay said her students had especially welcomed the opportunity of attending some classes at the Southern Regional College in Craigavon, where they had made many new friends with local students.
She thanked the members of the Craigavon Sister City Committee for making possible their visit, and paid tribute to Mr Lewis Porter, the SCI liaison officer for his work in connection with this.
Good wishes, and thanks were also extended by Babs Russell, Dean of Business and Public Services at West Georgia Technical College.
The Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Carla Lockhart, said she was delighted that their visit had proved so successful.
The Mayor said she had visited LaGrange recently, and had sampled the hospitality of the people in their twin city. The Mayor said the visits were so successful that she suggested it would be a great thing if it were made an annual trip, lasting longer than a week.
The LaGrange students were each presented with a copy of a book containing information and history relating to the twin cities of LaGrange and Craigavon. They were also taken on a tour of the Civic Centre, including the Mayor’s Parlour, by Mayor Carla Lockhart.
The young American visitors also visited the Titanic Building in Belfast. As well as the trip to Belfast, the Americans visited a number of other major tourist attractions in Northern Ireland, as well as a day spent sightseeing in Dublin.