Cyclists ride 600 miles for town twinning anniversary

PUBLISHED: 14:52 19 August 2017

A trip to the Welsh Assembly building.

A trip to the Welsh Assembly building.


A group of cyclists rode 600 miles to Portishead to mark the 25th anniversary of a twinning anniversary with a German town.

Schweich became a Portishead twin town back in 1992 and a 26-strong party from Germany visited North Somerset to mark the occasion.

The Schweich Freundeskreis, or in English The Schweich Circle of Friends, arrived at the end of July and spent several days staying with host families.

Keith Fallows, of the Portishead Twinning Association, said: “A full itinerary had been arranged for the group which included an interesting tour of Wells Cathedral followed by a stroll through the City of Wells.

“Some retail therapy was also enjoyed at the Clark’s Shopping Village in Street. The weekend was spent with their host families and many took the opportunity to take in the delights of the Portishead Flower Show.

“On the Saturday afternoon a group of 21 cyclists arrived in Portishead having ridden the 600 miles from Schweich over the previous week.

“They were joined for the last few miles by Rob Ellis of Portishead Cycling Club and all were welcomed at Gordano Gate by members of the twinning groups.”

The team was raising money for charities which try to alleviate child hunger. A cycling club spokesman said: “(They were) a great group of people and it was a really tremendous effort by all the riders.”

A celebratory meal to mark the 21st anniversary was held at Hall & Woodhouse, after which the twinning association chairman Peter Regan and Portishead Town Council chairman Lesley Cottrell both spoke.

The Schweich Freundeskreis was also treated to a day trip to Wales to see The Royal mint and the Welsh National Assembly.

After a farewell celebration at The Ship, the friends departed back to Germany on August 1.

Mr Fallows said: “The time to leave came all too quickly but everyone is now looking forward to Portishead’s visit to Schweich in 2018.”

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