Nürtingen, Esslingen, South Germany
of our Friendship
Initial contact between the two communities occurred in 1965 with
a visit by Côr Meibion Pontypridd to
visit a choir called called "Liederkranz" based in the
Oberensingen area of Nürtingen.
Liederkranz returned the visit to Pontypridd one year later.
On the occasion of the next visit of Côr Meibion to Nürtingen
the partnership between the two communities was formally established
- on 26 July 1968.
Since then reciprocal visits between the two choirs has taken
place on a regular basis. Firm friendships have been established.
one member of Côr Meibion put it, "We
don't think of them as friends, we think of them as family."
It was as a result of this successful partnership
that Pontypridd Urban District Council decided to have a formal
Twinning link at a civic level and to join in partnership with
In July 1968 an Agreement was signed by John Cheesman J.P. mayor
of Pontypridd and Karl Gonser mayor of Nürtingen.
This resulted in the first twinning link in Rhondda Cynon Taf and
is proud to boast
the longest established twinning links with Nürtingen.
Nürtingen is a city in Baden-Württemberg, in the district
of Esslingen. It has a population of over 40,000 people and is a
state of the Federal Republic of Germany in the South Western part
east of the Upper Rhine River.
City is located on the river Neckar, 291m above sea level.
is about the same size as Pontypridd and located about the same
distance from Stuttgart as Pontypridd is from Cardiff.
Many people living in Nürtingen work in Stuttgart, although the
town itself has a significant amount of industry - mainly the manufacture
of machines and tools.
Nürtingen's principle historical significance is its association
with the poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843) who lived in the
town from 1774 to 1805.
Nürtingen is very active in the area of twinning. In addition
to its partnership with Taff-Ely, it is twinned with Ouillins near
in France and the Hungarian city of Soroksár.
Anniversary of our Friendship with Liederkranz Oberensingen
the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the association between
Côr Meibion Pontypridd and the Liederkranz singers in Nürtingen-Oberensingen
the choir spent one week in Nürtingen.
Oberensingen - Performing onstage at the 'Festzelt'
program included one formal concert and several appearances
on the stage of the "Festzelt", a large
tent erected on the edge of the town, with beer,
a lively program
of entertainment by local bands and choirs.
Meibion Pontypridd take part in a parade through the town preceded
by their wives wearing traditional Welsh Ladies costume.
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