Middlesbrough and Oberhausen entered into a town twinning partnership in 1974, however close ties between the two areas have existed for over 50 years. Those ties began with youth exchanges, the first of which was held in 1953, and the project is still very popular today.
The city of Oberhausen is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia state of Germany and is of a similar nature to Middlesbrough. Oberhausen was a rural area until the 1860s, when the production of coal and steel began. As a result, it was also faced with many of the same regeneration issues that have occurred in Middlesbrough following the decline of these industries. Today Oberhausen has a population of 220,000 and is one of the largest cities in its region.
Middlesbrough-Oberhausen Town Twinning (MOTT)
Middlesbrough-Oberhausen Town Twinning (Formally known as Oberhausen/Middlesbrough Partnerschaft Association) was established by citizens in Middlesbrough and Oberhausen, and has members who made friends over 40 years ago during youth exchanges.
The aim of Middlesbrough-Oberhausen Town Twinning is to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of Middlesbrough District and those of Oberhausen District in Germany.
Through Middlesbrough-Oberhausen Town Twinning, members have developed long-lasting relationships and over the years the organisation has seen new generations of the families participate in the town twinning relationship.
Annual exchange visits are an integral part of the twinning relationship, and during this time, members stay with host families to experience each other's lifestyles and culture.
MOTT is always looking for new members. If you'd like to join, please contact:
Mrs S Alexander
Chair of MOTT
Phone: 01642 319595