Twinning group needs new members

Some of the young people from Schwerte who visited Hastings last September
Some of the young people from Schwerte who visited Hastings last September

MEMBERS of one of the town’s twinning associations are looking for clubs to join in an upcoming exchange trip.

Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association is visiting the German town from Friday, May 3 to Monday, May 6 and is looking for any club, such as a local sports club, to come along and take part in the exchange.

The association is particularly seeking groups of younger people that could join and maybe participate in a competition against a German team.

Reg Wood, chairman, said: “We want groups, particularly youngsters clubs from Hastings to join the association to safeguard its future. The biggest problem is trying to get more people to join.

“Ideally people need to be prepared to act as hosts for German visitors when they visit Hastings, as it works both ways. The twinning association is a little secret we want to spread for people to get involved in.”

Hastings has been twinned with the German town of Schwerte since 1982. Last September a celebration was held to mark 30 years of friendship between the two towns.

Members of Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association, together with their German counterparts, gathered at the Town Hall for the signing of a charter.

As part of the celebrations, 12 teenagers from St Marien Church in Schwerte, were invited over to Hastings by St Thomas of Canterbury and took part in a Mass, as well as visiting the Smuggler’s Caves and Fishermen’s Museum.

Friendship links between both towns started long before official twinning links were created. Mr Wood’s father, also called Reg, ran Spartan Football Team, taking them to Schwerte for a match. The friendship grew from there.

To join call Reg Wood on 01424 447173.