A PARTY of 28 from Lytham St Annes enjoyed a memorable visit to twinning partner Werne to celebrate the 650th anniversary of the granting of the German town’s market charter.
The group, which included St Annes town mayor Coun Angela Jacques and deputy mayor Coun Viv Willder, enjoyed several days of warm hospitality.
They were welcomed at Werne’s town hall on arrival with goulash soup and soft drinks and attended various events throughout their stay.
Host families looked after most of the visitors and the rest stayed in hotels at their own expense.
Coun Barbara Mackenzie, who chairs the Lytham St Annes Twinning Association, said: “We all had a wonderful time and took the opportunity to re-cement old friendships and to make new ones.”
The receiving of the charter in 1362 is celebrated at the end of October each year with a huge funfair, market stalls, and an international tent where Werne’s twinning partners from a number of European countries sell their nation’s products.
The Lytham St Annes Twinning Association sold jams and chutneys made from allotment and garden produce by two of its members, mousemats and magnets decorated with local views, beer from Lytham Brewery, and home-made oat biscuits and cakes.
They also gave away sweets and sticks of rock to visitors.
Coun Jacques presented the Werne Mayor, Lothar Christ, with a rosebowl donated by Fylde Council and engraved by the twinning association. Coun Mackenzie presented a Fylde Council plaque with the St Annes town crest and motto to the International Club Werne chairman and deputy mayor Gudrun Holtrup.
Two twinning association members, Margaret Anderton and Helena Leaper, took the opportunity to visit St Christophorus school, some of whose students were at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College in July.