PLANS to set up a twinning link between Clydebank and a town in Ireland remain on ice as a result of the pandemic, councillors have been told.

The idea of setting up a formal link between the town and Letterkenny has been the subject of discussions for more than two years.

There had been plans for a visit during the 2020-21 financial year, before Covid put those proposals on hold.

A meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council’s cultural committee was told there is no new date for the visit.

A sum of £500 set aside for the Letterkenny visit has been diverted towards the cost of the town’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Clydebank Blitz – though those events, too, were put on hold because of coronavirus restrictions on public gatherings.

The committee’s latest meeting was also updated on plans to establish a relationship with Gdynia to mark the heroic efforts of the Polish navy crewmen who attempted to divert the Luftwaffe’s fire away from homes in the town during the devastating raids of March 1941.

George Hawthorn, manager of democratic and registration services, told the cultural committee’s latest meeting: “We haven’t heard anything back from Letterkenny and the visit will likely be postponed until the next financial year.

“I have been in touch with the Polish consulate, who are endeavouring to get in touch with Gdynia to pursue a relationship and indeed extend invitations to the live concerts if and when they happen.”