Visitors from Schwerte come to Hastings

The group of Hastings representatives who visited Schwerte
The group of Hastings representatives who visited Schwerte

A contingent from Hastings’ twin town in Germany is visiting town this weekend.

The group from Schwerte arrives today (Friday) to stay with local host families as part of the annual trip to 1066 Country, which takes place at the end of September.

The arrival follows on from a visit by a group of Hastings representatives from Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association to Germany in May.

There the 79 visitors enjoyed a boat trip on Lake Sorpe in Langscheid before heading back to Schwerte. They stayed with their host families and also went on a trip to the beautiful Sauerland.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Mayor Bruce Dowling and other guests will be at a bash for the German visitors at the Masonic Hall, East Ascent in St Leonards from 5pm. More than 100 visitors are expected to be at the function, which will include local Morris dancers, a ceilidh band and singers, as well as a buffet.

In total 45 people from Schwerte are visiting 1066 Country over the weekend, including a group of 12 children, who will also be treated to a special lunch at Concordia Hall in St Leonards on Sunday.

Two years ago members of Hastings and Schwerte Friendship Association, together with their German counterparts, gathered at the Town Hall for the signing of a charter to mark 30 years of twinning, which was formally established in 1982.

Schwerte is in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on the river Ruhr, near Dortmund. The town is also twinned with Allouagne, Labussière, Violaines and Bethune in France, Cava de Tirreni in Italy, Leppavirta in Finland, Pyatigorsk in Russia, and Nowy Sacz in Poland.