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Exeter's "Embassy" takes shape

Volunteer Workers at Exeter House

Volunteer workers are about to fly out to Russian twin city Yaroslavl to begin work on the final phase of Exeter House


The City Councils of Exeter and Yaroslavl are supporting a scheme to convert a dilapitated building into a centre promoting British business and cultural interests


The volunteers, drawn from the City Council, Exeter College, city building firms and the self-employed, are flying out to start work on 26th March, returning two months later. They will be carrying out internal work on the building which has been restored by the Yaroslavl authorities.


One hundred Devon firms have donated materials for fitting out Exeter House, including carpets, curtains and furniture and decorating materials.


Exeter will be the first British city to carry out such a project in Russia, although several have been set up by Germany.

Exeter House


Leader of the Council, Cllr. Chester Long said, "Exeter House will be an embassy in Yaroslavl for Exeter and the U.K. It will forge a permanent link between our two cities and will be a focal point for establishing business contacts."


Originally published in the Exeter Citizen Newspaper, March 1997