This afternoon I was glad to welcome a group of ten visitors from Turkey to Launceston. The visitors are all involved in local government in Ankara and were on a fact finding mission to understand more about councils and how they work in the UK.
So whilst discussing the various responsibilities of parish and town councils, Cornwall Council and central government, we went on a walk around the town. The visitors enjoyed looking at St Mary Magdalene Church and the Castle and were welcomed to the library by manager Anne-Marie.
At the end of the tour, the visitors presented me with a vase decorated with the logo of their council.
This wasn't the sort of visit that is likely to lead directly to more tourism, but it is great to see more visitors from overseas in our town and an interest in how our local councils work.