Reception as Schweinfurt pays a visit

Provost Robertson presented a gift to Uwe Walther with council leader Jim McCabe (left) and guest s looking on.
Provost Robertson presented a gift to Uwe Walther with council leader Jim McCabe (left) and guest s looking on.

A group of friends from German twin town Schweinfurt were guests at a reception in Motherwell Civic Centre to mark their Burgerreise visit to Scotland.

This visit of citizens was organised by the Friends of North Lanarkshire Twinning Association in Schweinfurt under the leadership of Uwe Walther.

Provost Jim Robertson hosted the reception wearing his kilt. Guests included North Lanarkshire councillors and officials, and members of the Friends of Schweinfurt Twinning Association.

The provost spoke of the successful year of activities between the two towns including a visit by students from Alexander von Humboldt School, a group who walked the West Highland Way with twinning friends from North Lanarkshire, and now the Burgerreise visit.

Mr Walther thanked the provost and councillors for their warm welcome and hospitality, and everyone who helped with arrangements for their visit.

Council leader Jim McCabe also spoke of his great regard for the twinning link and the personal friendships that have been made.

The group of 30 people travelled by coach to Scotland and spent some time in the north, visiting Pitlochry, Blair Castle, Inverness, Culloden, Fort George, Lossiemouth, Elgin and Forres.

A tour along Loch Ness took in Urquhart Castle and Ben Nevis on the way to Fort William, before heading to Motherwell via Glencoe, Invergarry and Loch Lomond.

When in Motherwell they enjoyed day trips to Edinburgh, Ayr and Alloway, New Lanark and Glasgow, and a tour of North Lanarkshire.

Their final night was an informal dinner in the Bentley Hotel hosted by the Friends of Schweinfurt Twinning Association when gifts were exchanged and there were attempts to learn Scottish dancing.