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Main square in Este

Pictured left to right are
Graham Holburn, Geoff Mathews, Astrid and Paul Baxter,
Anna Gret-Travis, David Travis.


A delegation of 20 people from Leek travelled to Este for their annual Eurofest 30 September to 3 October. Leek Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor attended with their spouses along with members of Leek Twinning Committee and other citizens. Este is twinned with five other towns in addition to Leek and this year saw the 15th anniversary of twinning between Este and Bad Windsheim, Germany. To celebrate this occasion 90 Germans arrived to provide Este’s citizens and the other twin town delegations with a three day food and music festival from their region in Bavaria. The weather for the whole weekend was superb with temperatures reaching 30 degC. Friday evening saw the opening of the photographic exhibition with mounted photographs from each twin town depicting scenes from their areas. Leek Photographic Club contributed many stunning images from Leek and the surrounding countryside. The exhibition was open all weekend to the public and was well attended. Delegates then moved on for an informal dinner in one of Este’s central piazzas to try some German wurstal, sauerkraut and beer. Brass band music and typical Bavarian folk dancing went well on into the night. Representatives from all the twin town delegations met on Saturday morning to officially recognise the 15th anniversary followed by wine tasting of various wines from the nearby Euganean hills. Mayor Barry Cowie made an impressive speech in Italian thanking Este for their kind hospitality and looking forward to Este’s forthcoming visit to Leek in November for Remembrance weekend. Este then provided lunch in the form of tasting of some of their typical dishes and the remainder of the afternoon was spent enjoying the sights of Este or with host families. Sunday was a free day to enjoy in Este or visit a vineyard in the Euganean hills with the German delegations. The Leek delegation was invited to dinner that evening to meet the organisers of the Este group which will come to Leek in November. This provided a very good opportunity to discuss details of the forthcoming visit and get to know some of the people who will be travelling to Leek.

During the whole weekend the Pittori di Leek exhibited their work in a room above the Tourist Office. This was managed and stewarded by Eric England and Anne McIlroy. Helen Ratcliffe, Chair of Leek Twinning Committee, said “Bad Windsheim put on some marvellous entertainment to celebrate 15 years of twinning with Este. 2012 will be Leek’s 10th year twinned with Este and we will have to work hard in the coming months to ensure we mark our anniversary well. Our collaboration with Este has gone from strength to strength over the last few years as seen by all the exchanges which have taken place and the number of people and groups involved. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming delegations from Este and Bad Windsheim in November for Leek’s Remembrance weekend. The annual Eurofest has been a golden opportunity to cement friendships and open new exchange opportunities between Leek, Este and some of their twin towns



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