40th Anniversary Dinner
On 27th November 2017 the Deutsch-Britische Gesellschaft Nürnberg e.V. celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a dinner in the Hotel Maritim. Honorary guest speaker was Mr Paul Heardman, British General Consul, Munich. Other honorary guests were Herr Dr. Thomas Bauer, President of the Middle Franconia Regional Government, Herr Dr. Klemens Gsell, Deputy Mayor of the City of Nürnberg, and Herr Dr. Harald Freller, Director of the Bavarian Memorials Foundation. The Bamberg String Quartet framed the whole proceedings with a wonderful musical accompaniment.
In his welcoming speech, Herr Dr Bauer, the Regional President, hallmarked the Deutsch- Britische Gesellschaft Nürnberg e.V. as one of the few progressive forces capable of dealing with the current anti-globalization tendencies and anti-European mood. He continued “this small but fine society has worked untiringly in mid-Franconia for 40 years to awaken the understanding for all the facets of each others culture and way of thinking and way of life, by means of events, public presentations and discussions on cultural, political, social and business themes. The importance of this intercultural dialogue has not reduced during the last 40 years as it moderates prejudices and helps each side to better understand the other’s peculiarities and differences. This for me is the basis of peace work. And, with BREXIT, this dialogue is more important than ever.”
Mr Paul Heardman, the British General Consul, gave the after-dinner speech. In it he emphasised that the task of the Deutsch-Britischen Gesellschaft Nürnberg e.V. to network people was today equally as important as back in 1977. In this regard he relayed the grateful thanks of the British Ambassador to the society and its board and encouraged them to continue the good work, win new members and support the friendships between the nations and their peoples.
The assembled members, guests, guest speakers and musicians, some 40 people in total, were unanimous in their agreement that the anniversary had been celebrated in suitable style – with good food, good wine, good music and charming company. They all raised their glasses, first in a toast to the Queen and then, with confidence, to the next 40 years of the Deutsch-Britischen Gesellschaft Nürnberg e.V..