35th Anniversary of Bad Laasphe and Tamworth Twinning

Tuesday, 21st July 2015

THE Mayors of Bad Laasphe and Tamworth along with the Chairmen of both Twinning  organisations and their members that included a group of Fire Fighters came together to reaffirm the Partnership of Tamworth and Bad Laasphe last week.

Terry Dix, the Secretary of Tamworth Twinning Association has provided Tamworth Informed with the following statement about the anniversary meetings.

The party arrived on the evening of Thursday 16th July and were greeted at the Belgrave Community Fire Station by the associations chairman Councillor Tina Clements along with members acting as hosts to our visitors and guided then to their accommodation.

We thank the Sea Cadets and Karen cousins for allowing the Fire Fighters to be accommodated at their Headquarters in Kettlebrook.

On Friday 17th July the party of visitors some who were visiting Tamworth for the first time explored and acclimatised themselves to our town to enjoy free time, and in the evening the visitors and members attended a ceremony in our ancient Town Hall where after speeches that reminisced  over the past 35 years and set a vision for the future the Mayor of Tamworth Cllr Maureen Gant and the Bergermeister of Bad Laasphe Dr. Torsten Spillmann signed a document Reaffirming our long and fruitful relationship together.

Following the ceremony a Bavarian Evening was held at the Sir Robert Peel hosted by Tony Hill along with Uli and Petra from the Zum Hirch the twin public house in Bad Laasphe a celebration evening that continued well into the night with good food and good company.

On Saturday after a hearty breakfast prepared and cooked by Cllr Tina Clements our chairman the Fire Fighters went and trained with our Fire Fighters stationed at Belgrave. The training included Water Rescue, Animal Rescue along with a Road Traffic Collision Scenario, they were shown techniques that they were not trained for in Germany

On Saturday evening the guests were invited to a Celebration Dinner at the Wiggington  inn provided by the Twinning Association where the chairman Cllr Tina Clements presented a commemorative gift of a replica statue of ‘Safe At Last’ to the senior Fire Fighter to celebrate 35 years of Friendship and Partnership.

Sunday saw a service of dedication and commitment to Partnership and Friendship between our Twin Towns. This was held in Saint Edith’s Church.

Following the service our friends from Bad Laasphe and the members of the Twinning said a fond farewell and vowed that we would make a return visit to Bad Laasphe in October to reaffirm our commitment in their town.

Anyone requiring further information about our twinning association should contact Tina Clements our chairman on tina.clements1971@gmail.com

Gallery thanks to Simon Clements