John Whittingdale attended events to mark the 50th Anniversary of Maldon’s Twinning with Cuijk in the Netherlands. The town of Cuijk is situated on the river Maas in the province of Noord-Brabant, near the German border. There have been regular exchanges between the two towns and strong links established:

Around 40 visitors from Cuijk spent the weekend in Maldon. John is pictured in front of the Twinning Symbol in Promenade Park with: Burgemeister Wim Hillenaar and his wife, Mieke Dengerink of the Cuijk Twinning Committee, Jill Hipsey of Maldon Twinning Association and Mayor of Maldon, Flo Shaughnessy with her husband, Terry.