As the vice-chairman of the Freundeskreis Perth for several years and as organiser of several visits to Perth in the late 1980s until 1994, I had been invited with George to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the twinning between Aschaffenburg in Germany and Perth in Scotland. We had perfect hosts in Jean and John, whom we have known for many years from their visits to Aschaffenburg when they were members of the Craigie Dancers. They have a lovely flat with fantastic views over Perth.
Our thanks go not only to Jean and John but also to the Friends of Aschaffenburg for allowing us to take part and for the interesting programme organised throughout the week. They also go to Perth Council for their part in the celebrations. It was delightful not only to meet old friends from Perth and Aschaffenburg but also to make new ones. Apart from our visit to Edinburgh, when it rained, we also enjoyed the late summer sunshine. A truly memorable few days in Scotland!
Day 1: Journey to Perth – Alnmouth, Berwick-on-Tweed
We had decided to travel to Scotland by car. George was driver and I was the navigator – the first mistake as I managed to get us onto the A1(M) instead of the M1. However, it did turn out to be the more scenic route and we had no delays. By lunchtime we had reached Alnwick and decided to take a detour to Alnmouth for lunch. Although the sun was shinning it was a bit windy on the beach so we ate our sandwiches in the car. From there we took the coast road to Berwick-on-Tweed, where we stopped to have a look around. After some delay crossing the Forth Road Bridge we arrived in Perth in the early evening and were greeted by our first wee dram!