Thirty years of twinning link with German town

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CELEBRATIONS have taken place to mark the 30th anniversary of a twinning link forged between Nottingham and the German town of Karlsruhe.

The Nottingham Karlsruhe Friendship Club, which includes members from the Dispatch district, and the German English Friendship (DEF) organisation launched the partnership in 1982.

To celebrate the anniversary, an event was held at the Masonic Lodge in Nottingham where special guests were Nottingham’s Lord Mayor, Coun Mick Wildgust (Lab), of Nottingham City Council, and Lady Mayoress Carole Wildgust, both of whom live in Bulwell.

It was arranged by the Nottingham Friendship group’s chairman, Arnie Butler, and his wife, Mary, backed by a supportive committee. Joachim Klaus, the incoming chairman of DEF, and German group member Norma Lahmeyer were also on hand.

During the celebration, speeches were made, gifts exhanged and a cake cut.

Alma Shipman, of Bulwell, is the Nottingham group’s chairman and honorary president. She says it is important to encourage more young people into the group.

She was backed by fellow members Les and Doreen Williams, of Hucknall. They believe twinning is as strong as ever but can only continue through new blood.

n OUR PHOTO shows twinners and civic guests at the anniversary event (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).