A group from the Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association visited Hastings’ twin town in Germany over the May Bank Holiday.
Chairman of the Association Reg Wood said: “Using Hams travel we travelled by coach and ferry to Schwerte.
“A pleasant journey both ways was topped off by another wonderful weekend with our German friends.
On Saturday there was a group trip to the nearby medieval town of Hattingen, which is known for its historical timber houses, followed by a lovely meal at Landgasthaus Grum situated by the River Ruhr where over 70 people enjoyed the festivities. Speeches were made by Dora Franz and myself, the respective Chairpersons.
“In the afternoon there was a visit to the Ruhr University Botanical Gardens in Bochum.
“There was a Catholic Mass on Sunday morning at the church of St Marien and a protestant service at St Viktor, which some of the group attended. Otherwise it was a free day spent with our respective hosts.
“The Association now look forward to the visit of our friends from Schwerte in September.
Hastings is twinned with four towns in Europe: Béthune (France), Oudenaarde (Belgium), Dordrecht (The Netherlands) and Schwerte (Germany).
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