Town welcomes twinners
VISITORS from Royston s German twin town of Grossalmerode enjoyed an activity-packed visit to the town. Claire Davies, from the Royston and District Twinning Association, who organised the visit, said: We had 29 people come over from Grossalmerode this y
VISITORS from Royston's German twin town of Grossalmerode enjoyed an activity-packed visit to the town.
Claire Davies, from the Royston and District Twinning Association, who organised the visit, said: "We had 29 people come over from Grossalmerode this year.
"The exchange has been happening for 35 years, and some of the first 'twinners' are still coming."
After taking a trip to St Albans for a tour of the Abbey and the Roman ruins, the party from Grossalmerode played a full part in the harvest festival celebrations at Royston parish church.
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"Many of the group came to the parish church's harvest supper, which is the type of event which does not take place in Grossalmerode," said Claire.
"They all had a great time, and provided some of the entertainment, even if no one could walk the next day after we had done the actions to Pfarrer Gottfried Heinzmann's song!"
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There was also a civic reception, hosted by mayor of Royston, Cllr Paul Grimes, while another highlight of the weekend was a river cruise and buffet lunch on the Norfolk Broads, which was partly funded by a Community Chest award from Royston Town Council.
Grossalmerode is a small town in central Germany, with a population of just over 7,000.
Claire said that a party from Royston would be making a return visit to Germany next summer.
She added: "Also next May we will be hosting a visit from our French twin town, La Loupe.
"The friendships and activities promise to be just as exciting.