8th WERTHEIM Trade Fair 2014

From 29 May - 01 June 2014, Wertheim hosted its 8th Trade Fair – each day open to public from 11am till 6pm. - At the same time, Wertheim and Szentendre, Hungary, were celebrating their 25th Twin Town Anniversary with a festive programme in place.

This years’ Trade Fair was held in a different location, namely in the Main-Tauber-Halle right in the centre of Wertheim. Also for the first time the organizers had decided not to charge an entrance fee assuming that this would attract more people.

125 traders informed about their services and exhibited a wide range of goods, such as products for house building and household, kitchen, leisure, health, wellness, food and beverages, furniture, sport, living, energy saving, environmental techniques, first aid, basket weaving and much more.

All Wertheim’s 4 Twin Towns were present offering local specialities and products on one of the main stages. Our stand, manned by 6 HGTA members (Teresa Cole, Helen Woolley, Gwen and David King, Markus Wilian and Gesine DeVere), beautifully decorated with flags and other British colour items, was offering a variety of products such as English tea, books, small items for children such as key rings, little soldiers, free CDs and DVDs, just to mention a few things – and last but not least, Gwen King’s hand-made cards, scarves and jewellery.

The IPW, Wertheim’s Twin Town Association, attracted new members thanks to the tireless efforts of Klaus von Lindern, Brigitte Dosch and Lucy Weber – and not forgetting their 24 new T-shirts donated by Markus Wilian which had a logo in English and German reading: “Keep calm and join the IPW”. This proved to be extremely successful as these T-shirts attracted people even before they were approached.

Markus, who was walking around in the uniform of an English police man, directed people to our stand where we were kept very busy dealing with the many questions (often speaking in German) about twinning and England - as well as selling our products. The outcome of this resulted in a nice little profit for our HGTA.

It was particularly pleasing this year to meet so many students from several of the schools in the area who were so keen to talk to us about the UK in general and about the twinning links too.

In spite of an attractive supporting Trade Fair programme for adults and children on the main stage with music, dance, a cartoonist who was drawing pictures for free, a police dog show, a magician and a variety of food offers, the number of visitors was rather disappointing – probably also due to the fact that there were other major events going on in nearby towns.

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Huntingdon & Godmanchester Twinning Association: email: info@hgta.eu