In the early 1980s, Newport had been successfully twinned with the southern German town of Heidenheim for some years and it was proposed, most probably by Cllr. Cyril Summers, that Newport Borough Council should seek a second twinning with a town or city in the Soviet Union.
This was formally agreed and an application was forwarded to Moscow where, it seems, it was placed in a Kremlin file.
Nothing more was heard for several years. Newport’s application was forgotten, even by most of the staff at the Civic Centre.