Leader's tribute to Professor Megrelishvili

Posted on Tuesday 6th July 2021

We are saddened to hear of the death of Professor Madonna Megrelishvili, one of the driving forces behind the twinning of Newport and Kutaisi in 1989.

She was highly respected in Newport and her home city as the core founder of the Kutaisi Newport International Association. She was chair of that organisation for many years.

Professor Megrelishvili was awarded an honorary citizenship in her own country of Georgia and given honorary membership of the Newport Kutaisi Twinning Association.

She will be missed by many people including the hundreds of Newport residents who visited Kutaisi, as part of the friendship between the two cities, and received a personal welcome to her.

On behalf of the council, I would like to extend our sympathy to her family and friends, both in Georgia and in Newport.

Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council

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