A DELEGATION from Stirling’s sister city in the US last week received a warm welcome at Old Viewforth.

The mayor of Dunedin, Julie Bujalski, and city manager Jennifer Bramley were among the 20-strong party who had travelled from the Florida-based city for a five-day trip to the Stirling.

They were welcomed by Provost Christine Simpson as well as council chief executive Carol Beattie, council leader Scott Farmer and Councillors Chris Kane, Alasdair Tollemache and Neil Benny.

To celebrate the links between the two cities, the Provost presented Mayor Bujalksi with a replica model of the William Wallace sword, while the Mayor gifted a special painting of oranges by a renowned local artist from the Gulf Coast city.

Provost Simpson said: “I was delighted to welcome Mayor Bujalski and our visitors from Dunedin to Stirling and celebrate this long-standing partnership which now spans over 50 years.

“I know some of them have already visited Stirling, but I am sure they would all have been impressed by our world-class attractions, beautiful rural landscape and vibrant city centre.

“I really enjoyed spending time with the Mayor and the rest of the party, and hopefully this trip will strengthen the links between the two cities and draw more visitors to Stirling from that part of Florida.”