A 50-YEAR friendship will be celebrated at this year’s annual Civic Sunday Service.

The new Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Karen Mundry, is inviting everyone to join her at the service, which takes place on Sunday.

Held each year to celebrate the inauguration of the new mayor, this year’s event will also mark the 50th anniversary of Warrington’s twinning with the city of Hilden in Germany.

In celebration of the landmark, Mayor of Hilden, Birgit Alkenings, will join the Mayor of Warrington at the service.

Cllr Mundry said: “The civic service is always a special occasion – and it’s set to be even more special this year as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our twinning with Hilden.

"It’s a friendship which we are very proud of and I’m looking forward to welcoming the Mayor of Hilden and her delegation."

The annual service takes place at St Elphin’s Parish Church, all guests are asked to be seated by 10.45am for the service, which will conclude at 12.15pm.