Tributes have been paid following the death of one of the key figures in Middlesbrough’s flourishing relationship with its German counterpart.
Carol Roberts, a former chairman of Middlesbrough-Oberhausen Town Twinning (MOTT) died last month after an illness.
Carol led MOTT for four and a half years and developed a reputation as a very active and passionate member of the town twinning programme.
Originally from Liverpool and with family in Wales, Carol lived in Germany for a number of years and taught German to students at Teesside University.
A keen fan of both Liverpool and Middlesbrough football teams, Carol was also interested in medieval music, choral singing and learning a number of different languages.
Current MOTT chairman Shirley Alexander said: “Carol was a lovely lady, inspirational, and she will be sorely missed.
“She was passionate about MOTT and would always host families when they came to Middlesbrough.”
Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor Councillor David Budd said: “Middlesbrough’s long-standing partnership with Oberhausen has gone from strength to strength and Carol played a very important part in that development.
“Her enthusiasm and commitment summed up what MOTT is all about, and will doubtless inspire future generations to carry on the good work.
“She will be both fondly remembered and sorely missed by everyone who knew her.”
Middlesbrough-Oberhausen Town Twinning was established with youth exchanges between the two towns more than 50 years ago.
The partnership aims to foster friendship and understanding between the towns and their surrounding areas.
Annual exchange visits are an integral part of the twinning relationship, during this time, members stay with host families to experience each other’s lifestyles and culture.