There's a chance to get a taste of Torun, Swindon's Twin Town, in the company of other towns people when Swindon Junior Ice Hockey Club under 16's squad make a trip to Swindon's newest twin town for an international tournament over the weekend of 17 to 21 March.
The club is inviting independent travellers who want to sample Polish culture to join the party.
Several people, including ex-mayor Stan Pajak, are committed to the trip. Apart from booking your own EasyJet flight, other transport arrangements, hotels and tours of Torun will be made for you.
This is a good opportunity to discover a beautiful city with an ancient history, now linked to Swindon through business, culture, tourism and environment, and of course Poland's membership of the EU. Since World War II, Swindon has had a strong Polish community which has contributed to the town's growth and success.
Several visits by groups in both directions have taken place, including an ice hockey team from Torun which played at Link Centre last year. The trip in March will be the largest band of Swindonians to make the trip.
Junior ice hockey supporter Pete Cejer, said the club, which has five teams based at Link Centre, has been awarded Best Junior Development Club five years out of the last seven. It hosts international teams and attends many tournaments throughout Europe and North America. We enjoyed a visit from one of Torun's sides last year and the players are really keen about travelling to Poland to enjoy a great hockey and cultural experience.
Torun was founded in 1233 and nowadays is a thriving commercial city. But for the visitor it is one of the best preserved gothic towns in Poland, full of magnificent historic buildings, churches, market squares and museums which warrents its inclusion on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
With 35,000 students at Copernicus University Torun has a really exciting feeling about it with excellent clubs and bars, and lots of restaurants serving a wide range of international cuisine at very reasonable prices. This is the place to sample the joys of Polish dishes, but there are also two McDonalds for the unadventurous.
For details of the Torun trip mail Peter Cejer at: firstname.lastname@example.org