Ottery Twinners’ German trip is hot stuff
OTTERY Twinning Association members were given a warm welcome on a trip to Germany this month when greeted by an unprecedented heat-wave.
Townsfolk who jetted out to Islfeld labelled their trip a scorcher- after braving temperatures that reached up to 36 degrees in the shade.
Thirty twinners this week reflected on a successful trip five-day that saw them enjoy a packed programme of activities and a civic reception.
“When we’ve been to Germany in previous years the weather has been on the cool side. By going in July we thought there was a good chance of it being fine. Little did we know it would turn out to be the hottest month in a decade,” said twinner Keith Spittlehouse.
While boiling weather curtailed some activities, the party were treated to a tour of the town, meals with host families, bread baking and a tipple at the Amelienhof winery- which left a nice taste in the mouths of many.
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“The names of the grape varieties may be unfamiliar but the quality of the wine matches that of the best French and new world wines,” said Keith.
He added: “While the weekend was far too short, there was relief among some at boarding the air conditioned coach to join the flight back to cooler England.”
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The Twinning Association is planning for a visit from its German friends in September next year. The event will mark the tenth anniversary of the two towns being twinned.