Schwerte group visits town for annual sojourn

Visitors from Schwerte
Visitors from Schwerte

A group of visitors from Hastings’ German twin town spent a weekend in 1066 Country.

The contingent of 50 people from Schwerte stayed with local families as part of the annual twinning exchange, which takes place at the end of September.

Children staying with the church of St Thomas of Canterbury in St Leonards enjoyed a trip to Rye.

On the Saturday evening during the visit, which took place from September 26 to 29, more than 130 people attended an evening of entertainment at the Masonic Hall in East Ascent, St Leonards.

Visitors included those from Bethune in France, Hastings’ twin town in Normandy.

Diane Bickley performed with her operatic singers, as well as Mad Jack’s Morris dancers and RX Sword, a group of young dancers. Later a barn dance was held. On the Sunday many visitors took part in an English/German mass at St Thomas of Canterbury church followed by lunch at Concordia Hall.

The Germans’ visit follows on from a visit by a group of Hastings representatives from Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association to Germany in May. Two years ago members of the association, together with their German counterparts, gathered at the Town Hall for the signing of a charter to mark 30 years of twinning, which was formally established in 1982.

Schwerte is in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on the river Ruhr, near Dortmund.