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2009 - June and October: Celebrating 25 Years of Twinning

In June a group of 18 visitors from Werne, including the Burgermeister, spent a fun packed long week in Lytham St Annes. A busy

itinerary included a trip  on an old red bus to Lytham Hall, a fish and chip supper and a visit to Lytham Brewery, to sample a specially

brewed Twinning Beer. A charter to mark 25 years of Twinning was signed at a Civic Lunch and gifts were exchanged.

 See photo of Gift from Werne hanging in the St Annes Town Council Offices.

 In October, a small delegation from the Twinning Association visited Werne and had full and varied range events and enjoyed great   hospitality. Representatives from Werne’s other twin Towns in France, Italy, Poland and East Germany all gathered in the International Tent,  just under the big wheel, and helped us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary.


In recognition a further charter was signed and gifts were exchanged

2012 - October: Werne celebrating 650 years since the granting of its’ Market Charter  



2014 - July: Celebrating 30 years of Twinning


Signing the Charter at the Civic Lunch, at the Old Links Golf Club, are Werne Burgermeister, Lothar Christ and Fylde Borough

Mayor Kevin Eastham.  Standing behind and waiting to sign are, St Annes’ Town Mayor, Ed Nash and Chairs of both Twinning

Associations, Gudrun Holtrup and Tony Ford.

This link will enable you to view the itinerary for this visit.

Lytham St Annes Express, 17 July 2014 carried 2 pages of news about this visit:

 Twinning Anniversary 1  &  Twinning Anniversary 2


    In 2014, we organised a joint table in with our visitors from Werne.

    who were here to celebrate 30 years of Twinning.

    - see photo on the left.:


                               In 2018 Caudry made their inaugural visit to coincide with the Carnival.

        Delegation took part in the Carnival Procession - see photo on the right:

A party of 28, including the St Annes’ Town Mayor, visited Werne for this special Sim-Ju (Simon - Judah) Festival. We hosted a table in the International Tent, alongside tables from Werne’s other twin Towns in France, Germany and Poland and sold home-made Jams and Chutneys, some with tops embroidered by St Annes Embroidery Circle, beer from Lytham Brewery and mouse mats and fridge  magnets with local Lytham St Annes scenes. In addition, we gave visitors to our table, Blackpool  Rock and Goosnargh Biscuits baked by Angela Jacques, our Town Mayor. Pictured are John & Joyce Regan, with  our Chairman Barbara Mackenzie.


John Regan, prepared a detailed Journal, with more photographs - Journal

To celebrate 30 years of twinning in 2014, a group of 38 from Werne visited us for St Anne’s Carnival weekend, This group included the current Burgermeister (Town Mayor), Lothar Christ, and representatives from Werne Town Council, as well as the Chair and representatives from Werne’s Twinning Group, International Club Werne (ICW). The Werne Group took an active part in St Annes Carnival and we arranged other entertainment and a Civic Lunch.


The photo shows part of the Werne Group in traditional costume, about to join the Carnival Procession.


Email: lsatwinning@gmail.com


Members  of the Twinning Association were invited to the ‘official launch’ of the LSA Technology & Performing Arts College involvement in the ‘Schools: Partners for the Future’ (PASCH) initiative designed to create a global network of schools teaching and promoting German. The Goethe-Institut supports around 600 PASCH schools in the national education systems of over 100 countries.
 The aim of the project is to:

·         Improve prospects through education,

·         broadened horizons through multilingualism,

·         provide access to language and education and

·         joint tackling of future problems as an international community of learners.

 Drama pupils acted out the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin and  students taking German offered several ‘sketches’ using their acquired language skills. Students and visitors were provided with a hot lunch and an opportunity to network and share ideas.

The photos show Dr. Georgia Herlt from the Geothe-Intitut, handing over the PASCH plaque to High School Headteacher Ray Baker and as part of this scheme, the school has gained a supply of computer tablets for use by language students. 


Lytham St. Annes Twinning Association have ignored the machinations of BREXIT by continuing to celebrate and enjoy their links with their German twin town Werne.

On this occasion, members of the twinning association joined together to mark the final visit of teacher Horst Zuehlke from St. Christophorus school in Werne to LSA Technology and Performing Arts College as part of this year’s exchange visit to the Fylde coast. Twinning members paid tribute to Horst's ever-present enthusiasm for St Anne’s and the friendships he has established with so many local people.

The 21 students from St. Christophorus school have joined in with High School classes and also spent time with pupils in both  Ansdell & Clifton primary schools.  The students will be visiting Old Trafford for a tour of the Football stadium as well as the Lake district, taking a boat trip and exploring Windermere. Their final outing will be to take in Liverpool’s Cathedrals and Docks museums.


Students from LSA Technology and Performing Arts College will be visiting their counterparts in Werne between the 4th and 11th July 2019.  


“Lytham St. Annes and its people have become a second home for me. During my organisation of the exchanges between Gymnasium St. Christophorus and LSA Technology and Performing Arts College over the last 25 years I have met many wonderful, supportive people. 

I've brought about 400-500 German pupils to your lovely town, who appreciate your hospitality very much.  I will certainly miss Lytham St. Annes, but I will come back as a pensioner to meet my friends.

A big "thank you" to all the teachers, families and friends and the Twinning Association who have made our partnership a real success.

 May there be many exchanges and life long friendships between the towns of Werne and Lytham St. Annes in the future.”