Visit helps Seaford to develop its German links

Reception for German visitors to Seaford. Mayor Anthony White and Peter White (town crier) with German representatives
Reception for German visitors to Seaford. Mayor Anthony White and Peter White (town crier) with German representatives

Cucumber sandwiches and sponge cakes were on the menu for German visitors from Seaford’s twin towns this week when they attended an English tea.

A reception was held for guests from Bönningstedt and Crivitz by town mayor Anthony White, who welcomed 40 guests to Seaford Town Council’s chamber on Friday June 7.

It was all part of Seaford Twinning Association’s four day visit from friends in the two German towns.

Chair of Seaford Twinning Association Peter White said: “The weekend was only made possible by the generosity of Seaford families in acting as hosts.

“This was Seaford at its best. Next year Seaford twinners travel to Germany for the 30th Anniversary of the twinning itself.”

Peter said the visit began with a sunny if breezy welcome at the Sailing Club Cafe on the Promenade.

Among the guests at the tea were deputy mayor Mark Brown, mayor of Bönningstedt Peter Liske, mayor of Crivitz Ulli Güssman, and Martina Kaddatz, vice-president of East Sussex’s twin county of Pinneberg.

An evening pub meal was then held for 20 at The White Lion.

The second day began with a guided walk of Alfriston led by Kevin Gordon and translator Andrew Savile.

In the evening there was a guided tour of Bishopstone’s Saxon church St Andrew’s and a bilingual quiz with fish and chips from Osborne’s. There were also teams from the Seaford German Conversationalists. On day three a group of 30 visited Seaford Lifeguards HQ and control room.

A number of the group also visited the Logan Family’s Charity Garden Party with the Silver Band in Sutton Avenue.

On the last day a group of 30 enjoyed fresh country air with a game of pub skittles, and a wonderful cold buffet at The Royal Oak in Barcombe, before being taken to Gatwick for their journey back to Hamburg.

In the meantime the Seaford Twinning Association will hold its AGM on Saturday June 22 at The Little Theatre Steyne Rd. A short business meeting at 7.30pm will be followed at 8pm by an illustrated talk by Kevin Gordon on Unseen Seaford.

There will be an American Buffet (bring-and-share-plate of food). Those attending should also bring their own drinks.

Members of the German Conversationalist group, and anyone else interested are very welcome at this event, and even more welcome to join the Twinning Association.