Partnership Exchange Visits between Hochsauerland and West Lothian

by Liz Liddell, Chair West Lothian Twinning Association

Liz LiddellSince joining the Twinning Association 30 years ago my husband Dennis and I have made many visits with the partnership to HSK. Initially as part of the group with our daughters,  Rachael and Rhona, in the 80s’and 90s’ and then as group leader when I became Chair of  the West Lothian Twinning in 2002.

We in the Twinning Association have many fond memories of visits from the HSK Partner­schaft to West Lothian.  During the previous 40 years we have made many trips with groups to different parts of Scotland including, St Andrews’s, Perth, Glasgow, Stirling, the Trossachs, Falkirk, Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament, the Borders, sailing trips on Loch Lomond and the Forth, visits to museums and Whisky distillers, walking on the beach in Ayr, North Berwick and Dunbar, barbeques at Beecraigs and Laetare in Linlithgow, and evenings enjoying Scottish and German music…the list goes on.

Visits from West Lothian twinning to HSK are always enjoyable, we have stayed in and visited so many different places including Langscheid, Sundern, Meschede, Arnsberg, the toboggan run at Winterberg, the Jägerfest in Neheim, the Schützenfest at Brilon, visiting Worbis and Weimar, just after the opening of the wall, barbeques in the woods, concerts, and lots of musical evenings. Not to mention the cities of Düsseldorf, Köln, Dortmund, Münster, and sailing on  the Möhnesee. Again the list goes on.

However, by far the most important aspect of the relationship between our two organisations is the willingness and dedication of its members. The friends we have made, the warmth, friend­ship and generosity shown to us is what makes twinning work. I am sure back in 1972 when the partnership was first formed nobody could have envisaged how successful it would become. Thousands of people, mostly youngsters, have had the opportunity to experience for themselves the diverse and rich cultures of both countries. I am sure the partnership will continue to grow and fourish in the years to come.