A lively group of students from schools in Ellesmere Port’s twin town of Reutlingen enjoyed a five day visit to Ellesmere Port.
The 20 pupils and two teachers from the Friedrich-List-Gymnasium and the Isolde-Kurz-Gymnasium in Reutlingen were making a return visit.
Their tour followed a Whitby High School trip in July when the Ellesmere Port/Reutlingen Friendship Group commemorated 50 years of the twinning arrangement between the two towns.
The students had been in email contact prior to both visits and Whitby High says it hopes this will continue between them.
They were welcomed to their accommodation in Trafford Hall in nearby Wimbolds Trafford by mayor Peter Rooney and mayoress Mrs Sharon Rooney who presented the German students with commemorative mugs of their visit.
The teenagers were said to have been ‘very impressed’ by being in a ballroom at the Georgian mansion which gave them a flavour of English times gone by.
During their stay they took part in lessons with their Whitby buddies, went Tenpin bowling, spent a day in Liverpool together and also enjoyed a visit to the Boat Museum apart from meeting civic dignitaries.
Ellesmere Port St Paul’s ward councillor Angela Claydon, who is lord mayor of Chester, invited them to a reception at Chester Town Hall and also took the students on a guided tour of the city centre landmark before they explored Chester itself before returning to Reutlingen they had a farewell meal with their Whitby friends.
The Friendship Group said the group was ‘a great bunch, very lively and full of fun’. They were looking forward to going to The Whitby High School ‘especially as they start at 9am and at home in Reutlingen they start school at 7.30am’.