Fond memories of exchange visits between Bute and Germany were rekindled this week when a delegation from the district of Amberg-Sulzbach was welcomed to the island.
The group of councillors and local government officials from the area, located some 40km east of Nuremberg in the state of Bavaria, spent three days in Argyll and Bute with the aim of reviving a twinning arrangement between the two districts.
The German delegation, who were based in Inveraray for the duration of their stay, visited Rothesay Joint Campus, Eaglesham House and Rothesay Pavilion during their day on Bute.
They also met several islanders with past experience of visits to Amberg-Sulzbach, including at least one member of the Rothesay Academy concert band, which spent two weeks in the area in June 1999.
One of the local residents who met Richard Reisinger, the district administrator of Amberg-Sulzbach, during the day was island police sergeant Gordon Shaw, who shared his happy memories of visiting the area while a member of the Mid Argyll Pipe Band prior to his move to Bute.
“We would like to renew our links with Argyll and Bute,” Mr Reisinger said. “I thought nobody would remember the visits in the past but many people seem to recall them very fondly.”