A German conversation group in Seaford attracted around 40 people to its first event, some of whom travelled from as far afield as Hove and Brighton.
Seaford Twinning Association members Peter White, Liz Riley and Sarah McStravick helped organise the gathering at The White Lion pub.
There was a mixture of ages, from two to over-80, who were soon chatting in a wide variety of German accents.
Those present had their origins in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Norway.
In addition there were Seaford people who had learned their German at school, evening classes, or in the Forces at the event in March.
With support from Seaford Twinning Association, and help from Andy Savile at Alfriston’s Coach House Gallery, future plans include events with German as the main language: meals, seafront walks, pub meets, quizzes, film evenings, and wine tasting – of German and English wines. Historical walks and museum visits with German language guides were also on the agenda.
Peter said: “The standards varied widely but all were enthusiastic to meet again.
“Although it was not necessary to join the twinning association all the ‘Conversationalists’ were also encouraged to support the social events of the twinning group.
“And to meet German visitors from Seaford’s twin-town Bönningstedt and their twin-town Crivitz when they are in Seaford between 7th and 10th June this year.”
To join STA call membership secretary Liz on 01323 896315 or for the Conversation Group email firstname.lastname@example.org