A fantastic weekend was had by all as the Newark Twinning Association celebrated 30 years of twinning with our German friends in Emmendingen.
The three day trips saw several events taking place, including the unveiling of the new red phone box, the original was given to Emmendingen as a gift at the start of our friendship, but was damaged last year in a storm.
Upon arrival in Germany, and our twin town, we were warmly welcomed with local beer and wine at the Stinehalle before heading to our respective host families.
Friday saw us visit the beautiful town of Breisach, and the stunning Minster, and the views over the River Rhine.
The afternoon saw us visit the beautiful vineyards of the Kaiserstuhl area of the Black Forest, where we took a tractor (yes, a tractor!) up to the hilltop setting of our lunch among the vines. Many of us tried several glasses of the local wines – all of which are highly recommended!
The area is well known for its views of Germany, France and Switzerland, along with the wine. Many visitors decided to walk up the hill among the vines, and where offered a history of the vines.
The evening saw the two towns join together for a convivial evening in the Altdorhalle, with a local comedian and bands performing for host families, and Newark guests alike. The evening went down a storm, with plenty of laughs and stunning food.
The official part of the weekend saw the unveiling of the new red phonebox, donated by X2 Connect of Newark, who renovated the old box which originally stood on Castlegate in Newark.
The box was first used by Mayor of Newark Tom Bickley, Twinning Chairman Rita Crowe and Oberburgermeister of Emmendingen Stefan Schlatterer, who entered the phonebox to great fan fair by the Hachberger Herolde, who then processed the official party to the towns market square.
A stage was then set for Newark Operatic singers Matt Stephenson and Jo Dewberry, who performed solo and duet songs from the shows, ahead of the Newark Operatic grand performance later the same evening.
The afternoon saw the group enjoy the local area, and free time before the official evening ceremony, which was opened by a local band formed of school children who performed an amazing set of songs as part of the Crazy Marquis band.
After the British and German national anthems Oberburgermeister Mr Schlatterer opened the ceremony by saying how much the friendship between the towns has grown in the 31 years Newark and Emmendingen have been twinned; “I have been able to live to see this twinning since my early youth, and to have engaged in the twinning committees who have filled this society with life and who have made it possible for so many people from Emmendingen and Newark to meet and make friends.”
Before the signing of the resigning of the twinning charters between the towns, which was witnesses by the Deputy Mayor of Sandomierz and Mayor of Six-Four-Le-Plague in France, Mayor of Newark Tom Bickley mentioned who strong the links where, and the importance of the friendship between the two towns. He also presented a violin, created at the Newark International Violin School as a gift to Emmendingen from Newark.
The evening and weekend was well rounded off by the performances of songs from the shows by the Newark Operatic, who sang songs from “Me and My Girl”, “The King and I” and “Les Mis”.
Chairman of the Newark Twinning Association Rita Crowe commented; “It was a full programme. Our thanks go to all those in Emmendingen who organised the weekend and to the host families.”