Mayor Hosts Cultural exchange (Oct 2017)

 Mayor Hosts Cultural exchange (Oct 2017)

The Mayor of Harrogate, Councillor Nick Brown welcomed a group of Council members from Jung- gu district is Seoul, South Korea at the weekend. The visitors, led by Mr Gi Rae Kim Chair of Jung-gu District council, are on an exchange to come and look at Harrogates cultural and sporting faculties, and to cement further relationships between the two Nations. The hope is that a favourable visit could lead to further visits and promotion of Harrogate as a tourist destination for South Koreans.

This event was facilitated by Master Kambiz R.Ali 6th Dan from Harrogate and Master  Lee 7th Danbased in Seoul. Who with the support of British Taekwondo Chief Executive Officer, Mark Aberlly, and local Councillor Stan Lumley cabinet member for culture and support and John McGiven the councils Leisure, Development and events Manager discussed with the 8 member delegation the potential for Harrogate to Host an International Taekwondo event to be known as the Mayors Cup. The South Korean Council is the most affluent in Seoul and their support to promote the international event in Korea could be the key aspect to getting the project started.

As part of their cultural experience, the delegation took in the sights of the Valley Gardens, and the Pump Room Museum to sample the waters which gave Harrogate its reputation as a Spa town and for healing during the Victorian age. A trip to Knaresborough to view the Castle and the spectacular view of the river. Time was also taken to see the Roman walls of York, and visit some of the famous museums as well as the Cathedral, not to mention a Bird of prey demonstration. A visitation to Leeds also was on the cards as the visitors viewed the city and took in the spectacular Leeds Town Hall, and a tour round ITVs Television Centre. 


The Councillors also met up with Inspector Matt Walker from North Yorkshire Police and took the opportunity to discuss aspects of anti-bullying and self defence projects. This was followed on to speak with Damien Smith, Head of development for Yorkshire sport, with a view to encouraging more girls in sport such as KickSister and providing self defence programs.


Emphasis on Harrogates ability to host an International event, as they were shown around the Yorkshire Events Centre by Sales Manager Paul Ashton, whos venue could hold sufficient seating and space to enable an event to happen. The South Korean Councillors stayed in the Crown and Cairn Hotel, where they could fully appreciate the high standard of Hotel accommodation the town has to offer to South Korean visitors and Taekwondo athletes alike.

They were also impressed by the variation of restaurants and bars the town had to offer, and relished the fare at the Jinnah restaurant. 

Mayor Nick Brown and Master Kambiz R.Ali (above)

Team Harrogate K.R.Ali and Korean MPs from Jung-Gu Council at Harrogate The Hydro

British taekwondo CEO Mark Abberley, Mayor Nick Brown, Master k.R.Ali & Master Jung Il Lee at Harrogate Council Chamber.


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