Prestwick Town Twinning Association News

Some Pictures From The Visit of The Lichtenfels Group to Prestwick - September 2015

We have recently hosted a group from Lichtenfels, our twin town in Germany to celebrate our being twinned for 40 years. We showed them some of the sights of Ayrshire, Arran and Stirling. The visit concluded with a Scottish Night in Prestwick Indoor Bowling where we were entertained by the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra which was greatly enjoyed by our visitors, members and friends. We are looking forward to welcoming the Burgermeister (Mayor) of Lichtenfels in November for a more formal celebration.

Arran Trip

At the top of the String Road

The resevoir path above the distillery

Looking to Lochranza

Evening Meal at Stirling

Cake at The Scottish Night

Carol and Roland

Evening Meal at Stirling 2

April 2014 PTTA and AFO Visit to Arricia to Commemorate Marie Paule Starquit

Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra at the Liceo James Joyce

In April at a commemoration in the Chigi Palace in Ariccia, Italy to remember Marie Paule Starquit who was instrumental in forming the link between Prestwick and Ariccia, four members of Prestwick Town Twinning Association were joined by the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra. At the concert which followed the AFO performed a varied programme of Scottish and Italian music to an enthusiastic audience. Marie Paule who did so much for the twinning of our towns, was a huge admirer of the AFO and she would have been thrilled to listen to the music played by these supremely talented youngsters from our county. They are a credit to their leaders and to Scotland.

Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra at the Chigi Palace

During a visit to Ostia Antica, the ancient port town of Rome, the piper with the AFO, Scott Barrie, played in the ancient theatre of that town and was received with tremendous enthusiasm by all who were present. This included schools from all over Europe who, at the conclusion, joined in the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Although not directly connected with Prestwick Town Twinning Association,very strong links have been established with the AFO and we are hopeful of a long and rewarding partnership."

After the concert

Ostia Antica

Prestwick representatives in the Colisseum

View across Lake Albano to Castel Gandolfo

August 2013 Visit to Prestwick by Ariccia Town Twinning Association

Visitors from Ariccia gathered at Prestwick Station for a trip to Glasgow

Visit By Group From Lichtenfels To Prestwick May 2013

The visiting group from Lichtenfels

At the end of May a group from our twin town Lichtenfels had a short stay in Prestwick on the way home from a coach tour of Scotland. The Germans experienced good weather for their trip, and their brief time in Prestwick offered an opportunity for them to meet up with friends

May 2013 Outing to Croy House and Culzean


Prestwick Town Twinning Association has finished off the spring session with a trip to Culzean followed by a painting demonstration at Croy House, where Roddy McKenzie gave us a fascinating insight into his method of working. After a two-hour demonstration those present enjoyed an afternoon tea with home baking provided by Roddy's wife Alison

For further information about the summer exhibition visit the Art at Croy Website:

Roddy can be contacted at:

Visit to Lichtenfels August 2012

The visiting group with some of their hosts at Bamberg Garden Show

In August eleven members of the association went on a town twinning trip to Lichtenfels, where they enjoyed a week filled with activities in the company of their host families. During the week we were given the chance to try many new things, including a trip to Bamberg and the Bamberg Garden Show, a visit to Schloss Rosenau (where Prince Albert was born), beer tasting in a micro-brewery, an afternoon walking around a wildlife park and museum, and a boat trip on the river Main. In Lichtenfels itself we were received by the Mayor, Dr Bianca Fischer, before visiting the former synagogue in Lichtenfels and the spa centre in Bad Staffelstein. The weather was summery throughout the stay, and as the sun shone, friendships were made and renewed during the many lovely meals we shared.

Rafting on the Main

The castle at Rosenau, where Prince Albert was born

The medieval town of Sesslach

Victoria and Albert, Schloss Rosenau

Albrect Durer house in Nuremberg

Lichtenfels Twinning President, Roland Dier with PTTA Secretary Jennifer West

Prestwick Town Twinning Christmas Dinner 14th December 2011

The Christmas Dinner took place at the Carlton Carvery on Wednesday 14th December

Inter-Town Twinning Quiz November 18th 2011

The Inter-Town-Twinnning Quiz took place on 18th November at Girvan. Ayr won with a score of 65 points with Prestwick being runners-up by the narrow margin of one point!

Celebration of Thirty-Five Years of Town Twinning - Lichtenfels 12th November 2011

Town twinning in Europe was developed after World War II as a means of bringing the people of Europe into a closer understanding of each other. This idea lead Provost Harkiss of Prestwick to initiate a search for a suitable town in Bavaria and in November 1974 a twin town agreement was signed with Lichtenfels a small town in Northern Bavaria. Initially this twinning link was maintained by the two local councils, but in November 1976 a citizens' committee was inaugurated in Lichtenfels to organize and maintain the town twinning links with Prestwick.

This year, on 12 November, the committee in Lichtenfels organized a festival to celebrate the 35th birthday of their founding. Apart from their own members they also invited representatives from the towns that they have become linked with in the intervening years. Prestwick was represented on this occasion by Dr. David West and his wife Jennifer, the current President and Secretary of the town twinning association in Prestwick. The 180 people gathered for the event enjoyed a splendid buffet featuring food representing the countries to which Lichtenfels is now linked; Scotland, America, France and Italy. After a number of speeches a variety of entertainment was provided by a local dance school and a rock and roll band.

Visit From Ariccia 26th - 30th August 2011

Here is a photo of some of the group at the Distillery in Arran.

After a changeable day there was a fine view as the sun went down for the evening meal at the Auchrannie Hotel

On the Monday evening we hosted a very enjoyable Scottish night with music provided by the young people of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra (AFO) under the direction of Wallace Galbraith. This gave us the chance to involve our Italian friends in some Scottish dances.

May 2011 Visit To Traquair House

A group of members enjoyed a trip to the Borders in May, and are seen here in front of Traquair House.

October 2010 Visit To Ariccia For The Signing Of The Charters

In October a group from Prestwick visited Ariccia for the signing of the Twinning Charters. Above are from left to right: David West, President Prestwick Town-Twinning, Provost Winifred Sloan, Sindacco Cianfanelli of Arricia, and Marie-Paule Starquit from the Ariccia Comitato di Gemellaggio.

The ceremony was held in the magnificent setting of Ariccia's historic Chigi Palace.

Here are some pictures from the August 2010 Twinning Visit to Prestwick:

Our Visitors At Burns' Cottage

At Brig 0'Doon

Our Trip on The Waverley

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