The Salisbury Xanten Twinning Association (SXTA) welcomed 50 members of the Salisbury Circle Xanten for a special visit. 

The group hosted a four day visit wich took place from June 15 to 19. 

The programme included a city tour, cathedral tour and Stonehenge visit on day 1 for those here for the first time.

There was also a ceremony on Xanten Way at St Peter’s Place to formally open the street which was named as a reciprocal gesture for Salisbury Strasse in Xanten.

This was followed by tea and biscuits kindly hosted by St Peter’s Primary Academy.

In the evening almost 100 people attended a buffet supper and reception at Antrobus House in Amesbury where the venue was much admired by our German guests who were also intrigued by the bowls match going on behind the House.

The Mayor of Salisbury, Tom Corbin was the guest of honour and he was delighted to finally meet the Xanteners whose visit had been postponed for two years because of Covid.

The rest of the programme included a day trip to Oxford on the hottest day of the year and a day trip to Corfe Castle. Lulworth Cove and Shaftesbury.

On their departure the Xanteners were presented with one of the old Welcome to the Medieval Cathedral City of Salisbury signs with the Twinning details underneath.

These were replaced by the city three years ago and this one will find a high profile new location near the Town Hall in Xanten.

SXTA members meet at 7.30 on the first Wednesday of every month at the Pheasant Inn, Salt Lane. A coach trip to Xanten is planned in June next year.

More information is available from New members are always welcome.


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