A sixteen strong delegation from Landkreis Rotenburg (Wümme) visited Falmouth between 21st and 26th June to celebrate the fiftieth
anniversary of the inauguration of town twinning between Falmouth and Rotenburg.
The link between the two towns started with sport, mainly football, between the two towns. This eventually lead to the two towns formally twinning in 1968.
The visit deliberately coincided with the Sea Shanty Festival and the Classics weekend to add extra ‘flavour’ to the visit. The group visited the Sea Shanty Festival on the very sunny Saturday and was overwhelmed with the colour and vibrancy of the town. At the same time as following the groups around, some also did the Civic Society’s ‘Town Trail’ and discovered a history unlike anything in Germany.
On the Saturday evening a buffet and music was laid on at the Flushing Sailing Club. Viv Robertson, the entertainment for the evening, did his very best but, unfortunately, he could not compete with the stunning Cornish sunset over Penryn River.- All the visitors were outside on the quay taking photographs. Several remarked that it was the most fantastic sunset they had ever seen.
A full programme of events was organised by the Falmouth Twinning Association. These included a very interesting day at Shelterbox in Truro and then Pencarrow House near Bodmin followed by award-winning fish’n’chips in the Harbour Lights restaurant.
Another day out saw the group visit the Tremenhere Sculpture Park and the Penlee Art Gallery in Penzance.
On the Tuesday morning, the Mayor, Councillor Grenville Chappel, hosted the delegation at a reception in the Council Chamber. Herr Mathias Cordes presented the town with a model of a German river boat and the mayor presented Landkreis Rotenburg with a crystal statue of the clasped hands of friendship inscribed with the dates and ‘fifty years of friendship’. Each of the visitors was given a glass crystal clock with the same inscription. These were funded by monies raised by the FTA.
The Mayor and Herr Lothar Cordts cut the anniversary cake and everyone toasted the anniversary with a glass of prosecco.
On the final evening, Tuesday, there was an official reception at the Penmorvah Manor Hotel. After drinks on the terrace in more glorious sunshine, forty visitors, FTA members and guests, sat down to an exceptionally good meal before another round of speeches and presentations. The evening ended fairly early because the delegation’s return train left Falmouth at 7.25 a.m. They boarded tired but very happy with their visit and already planning next year’s return visit to Rotenburg.