HAWORTH has celebrated a twinning milestone.

The village staged two days of activities marking the 10th anniversary of its link-up with Machu Picchu, in Peru.

VIP guests joined villagers at the event.

There was an official signing of a new agreement between the two villages, as Haworth Twinning Group and its Peruvian counterparts re-affirmed the bond and pledged to further strengthen links – particularly between the schools.

Among those at the ceremony – in the Old School Room – was local parish council chairman Councillor David Mahon, who carried out the signing with Machu Picchu mayor Darwin Baca via a direct link.

Also present was the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Shabir Hussain.

“Advancements in technology for Machu Picchu’s young people mean that close friendships can be built between the two communities that were not possible when the original agreement was signed ten years ago,” said a spokesman.

“There are plans to bring the communities together in a way which would see a real benefit for both villages – offering an opportunity to learn about each other’s language and culture, share ideas and experiences, and explore long-term plans such as a teacher exchange.”

The second day of celebrations saw the Old School Room packed as various attractions were on offer.

Top Peruvian chef Martin Morales gave a demonstration and signed copies of his cookbooks.

Guests included Juan Carlos Gamarra, Peru’s ambassador to the UK. And celebrations ended with an evening party, featuring live music.

The spokesman added: “It all went well – with even the live links to Machu Picchu enabling the signing to happen at the same time. And the schoolroom was full for Martin’s demonstration. The next plans are to forge links which will be inclusive and sustainable for the future of children in both villages.”