Cannock Chase Council has town twinning connections with Datteln in Germany and Western Springs in Illinois, United States.
Situated on the North Rhine in Westphalia, Datteln, a small town with a population of 37,500, lies at the heart of Germany's canal network.
Since twinning began in 1971 numerous close personal relationships have been forged with Datteln. Every year clubs, societies and local people visit the area to make new friends and renew existing friendships, particularly in August when the town hosts its annual Kanalfestival.
Visit the Datteln web site - if you speak German!
Links between Cannock Chase and Western Springs were formed when the twinning with Rugeley took place in 1957. Western Springs, when it was originally settled, took its name from an abundance of cool, clear spring water.
With a population of 12,000, the town is a convenient 25 minutes fast express ride from Chicago. Townsfolk have always made visitors very welcome and, despite the distance between both communities, the bonds of friendship have blossomed with occasional visits and regular correspondence.
Last Updated: 27/04/2016