Meal at The Merchant’s Brasserie
Sunday 23rd September 2013
Our final event held for our visitors was a dinner held at The Merchant’s brasserie provided by the St. Helier Partnerschaft. Following an excellent meal all that was left was two closing speeches.
The first was given by Erich Lacher from Bad Wurzach, and the closing speech was given by our Chairman Clive Armstrong.
Chairman’s Speech at Dinner in Jersey
Sunday 23 September 2012
10th and 50th Anniversaries
Herr Burgermeister, Connetable of St Helier, Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the St Helier Bad Wurzach Partnerschaft we thank you all for taking the time to join with us in our Anniversary Celebrations including our visitors From Bad Wurzach and former internees,
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the twinning between the St Helier and Bad Wurzach.
Unfortunately I was not present at the original twinning ceremony held in St Helier 2002.
Over the past 10 years our relationship has gone from strength to strength. Through events like
- The bands and Dance groups from Bad Wurzach who over the years have joined in with our Battle of Flowers Celebrations.
- The numerous student exchanges which have taken place and friendships made.
- The various visits of the Jersey Youth Theatre to Bad Wurzach
- In 2009 the participation of The Band of the Island of Jersey in the Holy Blood Festival week.
- The 65th Liberation Celebrations held in Bad Wurzach in 2010 which I was fortunate enough to attend.
All these events and exchanges over the last 10 years could not have taken place without the efforts of the Burgermeister, the Connetable of St Helier and the organisational skills of Angela Francey.
This year also marks 50 years since the Town of Bad Wurzach became part of the Island of Jersey’s history and Vice Versa. In 1942, 618 individuals of the population of Jersey were deported to Germany, and were interned in the Schloss of Bad Wurzach for three years. This has a significant meaning for me as 7 members of this group were part of my own family. This later increased to 8 with the birth of another family member born in the town of Bad Wurzach.
Through the events and celebrations organised by the Partnerschaft we hope former internees have a form of reconciliation. I have seen over the few years I have been part of the Partnerschaft genuine friendships made between the townsfolk of Bad Wurzach and Former Internees.
Looking to the future we hope we can continue building relationships formed over the last 10 years for generations to come.
We look forward to continuing the Anniversary Celebrations in two week’s time in Bad Wurzach.
I would also like to thank the staff of the Merchant’s Brassiere for their wonderfully meal.