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Reutlingen Civic visit to Ellesmere Port



Ellesmere Port/Reutlingen Friendship Group has had a busy time both running their annual stall in Reutlingen’s Christmas Market and on their return entertaining a civic delegation from their twin town.

After 12 months of collecting the stock for their stall three committee members set off to sell produce either purchased or made in Ellesmere Port. They had a very successful two days, despite the freezing weather, selling Christmas cakes, mince pies, marmalade, Christmas puddings, cards and many other typical English festive goods. This stall has become a feature of the market and now has a regular group of customers eager to purchase their goods.

A Reutlingen civic delegation headed by the Oberbürgermeisterin, Frau Bosch and including Councillors and the Youth Council Representative, visited Ellesmere Port for a long weekend. On arrival they were welcomed at a Gluhwein, Stollen and Mince Pie evening by the Ellesmere Port/Reutlingen Friendship Group. Many local people who had been involved in exchanges over the last 50 years gathered to greet the delegation. They were entertained by a talented young violinist, Philip Chidell. It was delightful to hear both the German delegation and the English guests singing to Philip’s moving performance of “Silent Night”.

Reutlingen delegation at the Gluhwein evening

The next day the Ellesmere Port councillors arranged an interesting programme for the delegation including a visit to Storyhouse in Chester which very much impressed them. They were then welcomed by Andrew Miller at the University of Chester Thornton Science Park at Ince. Afterwards, Councillor Karen Shore, a member of the Board, highlighted the work of the Ellesmere Port Development Board.

The next morning the visitors were welcomed by the Ellesmere Port Catholic High School. Many of their students have been, or are, involved in exchange projects with schools in Reutlingen including the current environmental study of water.

On their return the delegation reported they enjoyed their visit which enabled them to learn more about current developments in Ellesmere Port as well as within the Borough. Although a hectic weekend, it strengthened friendships and enabled the visitors to take part in, and enjoy, festive celebrations.