Ukmerge

 

Situated on the river Šventoji, Ukmergė is one of the oldest towns in Lithuania. The town is situated about 45 miles from the capital, Vilnius. . It is in a particularly beautiful part of the country at the confluence of the Vilkmerge and Šventoji Rivers. The Šventoji River is one of the longest in Lithuania with much of its valley now a protected landscape.
There is a 16 m high mound in the middle of the town, which the locals call “the mountain” since Lithuania is a rather flat country. The town has changed enormously since the fall of the Soviet Union, when Lithuania was the first state to regain its independence.

Relationship to Worcester
Worcester began its relationship with Ukmergė when the Lithuanian Ambassador visited the faithful city in 2008. Asked if there was an opportunity of twinning with a town in Lithuania, the Ambassador took out his phone and rang the Mayor of Ukmergė, his home town.
Talks about a twinning link then began between Worcester and Ukmergė with the Councils agreeing to twinning in 2010 and signing their agreement on 23 May 2011.
Now, we visit our Lithuanian twin town every year for their town festival in May. In return, the Lithuanians send a group to Worcester each November, for our Victorian Christmas Fayre.

Each year delegates from Worcester Twinning Association have been invited to attend the Ukmerge festival which takes place at the end of May.

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Ukmergė, with a population of 28,000, is one of the oldest Lithuanian settlements being mentioned in historical sources from 1225.

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