Nottingham City Transport Supports 50 Years of Friendship between Nottingham and Karlsruhe
3 months ago
Nottingham was twinned with Karlsruhe, Germany in 1969 and to commemorate the 50 years of friendship between the two cities, numerous events and celebrations have been taking place this week in the City, organised by the Nottingham-Karlsruhe Friendship Club.
Travel around Nottingham and to the commemorative events has been supported by Nottingham City Transport, who have provided free bus travel for the entirety of the visit to club members.
The official twinning of the two cities took place in Karlsruhe, July 1969 and ten years later, a group was formed in Karlsruhe, under the leadership of Hajo Walter, for the purpose of friendship between Nottingham and Karlsruhe. The Deutsch-Englischer Freundeskreis, (German-English Friendship Club) or D.E.F. was formed by Hajo because he was a prisoner of war in Nottingham, and he was treated so well by the local people. He decided this was the way to create a citizens friendship group.
In 1982, the first meeting of the Nottingham Karlsruhe Friendship Club (NKFC), took place at the Bell Inn in Nottingham and every year since, exchange visits have taken place to encourage links and promote international co-operation, understanding and goodwill, and appreciation of the respective national cultures.
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager said, “In the spirit of encouraging goodwill, Nottingham City Transport welcomes visitors from Karlsruhe to our wonderful City, which our donation of free travel to the Nottingham Karlsruhe Friendship Club enables them to explore freely”
Arnold Butler, Chairman of the Nottingham Karlsruhe Friendship Club added, “We would like to thank Nottingham City Transport for their generosity in providing free travel around the City, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of friendship”.