Salisbury council member travels to sister city in England

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 6, 2013

SALISBURY — Karen Alexander, the newest City Council member, attended the installation of the new mayor in Salisbury’s sister city in England.
Alexander, who paid her own way to Salisbury, England, was one of 12 guests at the Mayor Making celebration last month from Salisbury cities located in Maryland, France, Ireland and Italy.
Alexander shared highlights of her trip at Tuesday’s City Council meeting and delivered a gift — an artist’s sketch of the Guildhall in England — as well as city flags for local council members.
Councillor Penny Brown was installed as the new mayor of Salisbury while Alexander was visiting. The sister city elects a new mayor every year, and Brown donned the 753-year-old gold mayor’s medallion for the ceremony.
Alexander said she was “treated like royalty” and toured sites including Salisbury Cathedral, Wilton House, Stonehenge and Salisbury Playhouse.
“It was a great privilege to be able to be part of such an event for the city and to finally meet councillors and the mayor of our sister city,” Alexander said. “We look forward to working together in the future, in order to continue promoting tourism, cultural arts and business links to our cities.”
Both cities’ interest in theater could develop into a theater exchange program, Alexander said.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.