Royston town twinners enjoy Großalmerode visit
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A group of 22 residents of Royston and district have visited German twin town Großalmerode, sampling the variety of culture in the region.
The group - which included six children - said they were made to feel very welcome and had an itinerary of events and excursions to keep them busy throughout last week's trip.
The first was to SinnesGänge - or 'Sensory Transitions' - an installation in a disused brickworks in Kaufungen, where the senses are captivated and
challenged by a variety of remarkable exhibits.
This was followed by an afternoon of Laser Tac in nearby Helsa for the younger members of the group and those young at heart.
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In the evening there was a formal civic reception at the Rathaus, where members of Royston Town Band played a selection of traditional and popular tunes alongside Musikzug, the Großalmerode town band.
Visitors were also treated to performances from a classical guitar duo and the recently formed Youth Marching Band. Greetings were exchanged between Royston's mayor, Councillor Rob Inwood, and the mayor of Großalmerode.
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On Sunday, a town tour for those who had not visited before included climbing to the top of the church bell tower, a short walk in the rain to
Roystonplatz, a terraced and wooded area just off the town centre, and a candlelit descent into the cellar of the Rathaus.
Meanwhile, three young Roystonians attended the Jugend Parlament, a council of students aged 12 to 20 years, who represent their peers and bid
for facilities in their town.
This was with a view to creating links with Royston Town Council. In the afternoon there was a rainy walk through the countryside to a traditional hostelry in the woods.
The Hessen area is famous as the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm and one can easily imagine mythical creatures inhabiting the forests.
Monday saw a fascinating guided tour of the B. Braun factory in Melsungen where cannulation packs are manufactured in sterile conditions for use
throughout Europe. This was followed by a visit to the historic town centre.
Royston Town Twinning Association's Alix Cooper said: "The trip was highly successful and Royston & District Twinning look forward to hosting our German friends in October 2020."