German visitors are eagerly looking forward to celebrating a landmark anniversary in Fylde this weekend.
As members of the Lytham St Annes Twinning Association put the finishing touches to preparations for the visit by a 36-strong party from Werne to celebrate a 30-year association, Fylde folk have come in for glowing praise from a member of the group travelling over from the German town for the occasion.
Horst Zuehlke, a teacher at St Christophorus School in Werne, said: “I love the people of Lytham St Annes, their humour and friendliness and it’s always a pleasure to visit and renew these friendships.
“I see the twinning as real contribution to friendship between our countries, and I am really looking forward to being back in St Annes to meet up with old and new friends.“
The Werne party will be headed by Burgermeister Lothar Christ and his wife Bianca, members of Werne’s town council and the chairman of Werne’s twinning association, Gudrun Holtrup.
The visit has been scheduled for St Annes Carnival weekend, and the Werne representatives, including two local newspaper journalists, will take part in the Carnival’s procession and other events, while the weekend will also include social get-togethers along with the civic lunch at St Annes Old Links Golf Club.
There, a charter to mark 30 years of twinning will be signed by Fylde mayor Coun Kevin Eastham, St Annes town mayor Ed Nash and Lytham St Annes Twinning Association chairman Tony Ford, while gifts to be exchanged will include a watercolour painting of Lytham St Annes by Lytham artist Geoff Winch.
Tony Ford said: “This is a landmark anniversary of which we are all very proud and we’re very much looking forward to what we hope will be a brilliant long weekend.”