25 Year Link for Seaham and Rheinhausen


Mayor greets Herr Alfons Seigler from Rheinhausen.

Mayor Margaret Nugent greets Herr Alfons Seigler, leader of the first Rheinhausen group to visit Seaham in 1972.

Groups from Seaham and Rheinhausen in Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of their unofficial 'twinning ' link this month. The Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Mrs Margaret Nugent gave her personal approval to the arrangement by inviting the groups to the Civic Offices for a special reception to recognise the event.

Mr Bob Walton, of Seaham, shares a joke with the Mayor.

Mr Bob Walton of Seaham shares a joke with the Mayor.
Bob was formerly the Honorary Secretary of Seaham Schools F.A. which organised the first exchange visit.

Exchange visits between Seaham and Rheinhausen folk date back to 1972 when Alfons Seigler, led a group of schoolboy footballers from the Turnerbund 05 Club.

Herr Walter Undank thanks the Mayor.

Herr Walter Undank thanks the Mayor.
Herr Undank is a prominent member of Germany's SDP (Social Democratic Party) and also of the Turnerbund 05 Club.

During the 25 years of the exchange link, over 400 schoolboy footballers from Seaham and Rheinhausen have taken part in annual exchange visits.
Other Seaham folk who have played a prominent part in developing and maintaining the exchanges include:
Jack & Florence Teasdale, Bill Sillett, Joyce & Tony Mayhew, Dave Carr and Owen & Jenny Jones.
Congratulations are extended from Seaham Harbour Online to all of you.
If you are one of the young people who benefitted from the exchange arrangements with Rheinhausen we'd like to hear from you.

Our thanks to Jim Breeze who kindly supplied the photographs.

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