Between 23rd & 29th May 2019, members of the Falmouth Twinning Association flew to Bremen in Germany where they were greeted by hosts and friends from Landkreis Rotenburg. The six day visit was the annual exchange between Falmouth and Rotenburg.
The programme for the visit was varied, very interesting and fun. The highlight of the social events was a coach trip to Bremerhaven where, as well as hosting a visually stunning ‘Tall Ships’ event, there is a permanent exhibition about climate called the ‘Climate Haus’.
Some of the Tall Ships on display, including the Russian ‘Mir', were well known to us from Falmouth, and the hubbub, fairs and stalls adorning the quays and wharfs seemed welcomingly familiar.
The Climate Haus (house) was a stunning exhibition. It focused on the different climates that are encountered if you travel clockwise on the line of latitude that passes through Bremerhaven and included deserts, rainforests and ice regions. All very realistic with temperature variations to match!
Other social events were a day trip to beautiful Bremen and an evening barbecue at the home of Angie Dorsch, one of our hosts.
The civic events included receptions at Rotenburg and Bremervorde town halls, and a tour of the Bundeswehr logistics centre where the Colonel explained the difficulties in supporting operations in Afghanistan, Mali and other places where German forces are deployed. There was also a tour of a local hospital.
On the Monday night we had the customary official dinner. After a fantastic grilled meat meal and speeches, gifts were exchanged between the two towns. Councillor Grenville Chappel presented the leader of the Rotenburg council, Herr Luttman, with a commemorative plate and the Chair of the Falmouth Twinning Association, Peter Downie, invited a delegation from Rotenburg to visit Falmouth next spring.
The trip was a great success and cemented a bond between the two towns that is now over fifty years old. The delegation returned, tired but happy.