Lincoln had a new claim to fame, from 30 years ago this week. And it was something that would further strengthen the twinning link between the city and Neustadt.
The first 300 grapevines, which would make Lincoln the most northerly vineyard in Europe, were planted below the Old Bishop's Palace on the south side of the cathedral.
And it was done in a traditional and memorable way.
The ceremony started with 20 Neustadt men, marching proudly into the palace grounds, singing a wine-growing song, and wearing the traditional blue jackets that were the national dress of the German wine-growers.
The ground had been prepared for three different types of vines, the Echo reported.
The hole for the first vine was christened with a splashing of white wine by the then Mayor of Lincoln, Alderman Fred Blackbourn, and the Oberburgermeister of Neustadt, Wolfgang Brix.
The two of them then took it in turn to cover the plant with soil.
To mark the occasion, a copper cask containing a scroll and two wine glasses - one English and one German - and a bottle of Neustadt wine, was buried.
Until then, Europe's most northerly viveyard had been recognised as the one at Stragglethorpe Hall near Brant Broughton.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 02 April 2002
Thirty years ago, a new name came into the language of many Lincolnians and at first, many had difficulty getting their tongue around it.
The Feucht Frohliche Neustadter came to Lincoln to plant a vineyard to mark the 900th anniversary of the founding of Lincoln Cathedral. They planted three varieties of grapevines in a very sheltered area below the Bishop's Old Palace, on the hillside overlooking Lincoln.
But the first real 'encounter' for many people came on a Friday afternoon at the Assembly Rooms in Bailgate.
Invited guests assembled for a wine tasting, not knowing really what to expect. Most people have become accustomed to wine tastings where you stood about, chatting, eating nibbles and tasting whichever wine took your fancy.
So it was somewhat surprising to find the room set out with long tables and seats.
Instead of choosing your wine, it was served by 'waiters', members of the FFN, in their green apron uniforms and smart blazers with the Neustadt badge on the pocket. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was Alfred Schilling, president of the FFN.
There was a wine list and most people were amazed to see that there were some 15 wines on the list, most of which they had never heard of. These ranged from the simple Tafelwine (tablewine) through Spatlese, Auslese and on to Beerenauslese.
What were these words completely alien to most people? They were the 'grades' of wine, which eventually, many became well-known to many Lincolnians after visits to their German twin town.
By the end of the afternoon, most people didn't care about the name of the wine. They were enjoying them and I have to admit that I didn't last the course. I left after about 12 'tastings' and excusing myself to the Oberburgermeister, Dr Wolfgang Brix, he told me: "I'm sorry you have to go, we're just getting to the high ones."
I was already pretty high myself, but I had to go back to the darkoom to develop and print my pictures. Thank goodness I had not driven to the wine tasting. Later that year, the FFN brought their wine-house over to Lincoln to set up the city's first wine festival. It was erected on the Cornhill and was a huge wooden structure which took a couple of days to build up. I went to take pictures of this work in progress and was greeted by Alfred Schilling and the FFN's publicity officer Hermann Weiss.
The first thing they did was to press a glass of wine into my hand and wouldn't let me take pictures until I had emptied it. It wasn't a small glass of wine to which I was used to having, it was a quarter of a litre.
Newspaper headlines announced that Germany's new secret weapon had arrived in the city. The festival was due to last from Saturday to Saturday. The visitors had sadly miscalculated Lincoln's taste for wine. By Thursday night, the supply had been exhausted, so the winehouse had to close early. It only opened again on the Saturday evening for a farewell party, for invited guests.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 14 May 2002
Lincoln was preparing itself for the nearest anyone in the city had ever known to round-the-clock drinking 30 years ago this week.
From 10 in the morning until one the following day, for more than a week, people would be able to drink their way through 5,000 litres of Neustadt wine for just 17p a quarter litre.
In May 1972, the Echo reported how work on constructing a temporary German wine house as part of the cathedral's 900th anniversary festival was under way on the Cornhill.
Lincoln publicity officer, Robin Rushton, said at the time that men from RAF Waddington were helping in the construction work.
And it seemed that, several days before it was due to open, the wine house was already attracting interest from inside and outside the city.
It would be officially opened by Dr W. Brix, the Oberburgermeister of Lincoln's German twin town of Neustadt.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 28 May 2002
Sometimes when you try something new in Lincoln, you are worried that it won't be a great success. But on other occasions, the idea becomes almost too successful for its own good!
Peter Brown looks at one innovation, 30 years ago, that just couldn't go wrong...
THEY dubbed it "the latest German secret weapon".
But far from dividing the people of two nations, it brought them closer together.
When the German-style Wine House arrived on the cobbles of Lincoln Cornhill in June 1972, no-one was quite sure what to expect.
We knew they had existed in our German twin town of Neustadt for a long time but what exactly was it and what did you do?
It wasn't long before we all found out.
It started off formally enough on the Saturday morning, with dignified speeches and handshakes by Lincoln Mayor Wilf Pixsley and the Oberburgermeister of Neustadt Dr W. Brix.
But within 30 minutes there was more back-slapping and hearty laughter than you get at the average wedding reception.
Roughly half a pint of German wine was just 17p and the Wine House would be serving customers from 10 in the morning until one the following morning - for a week or so.
And this was in the days when pub opening hours were far more restricted than they are today.
It wasn't long before the members of the FFN, who were responsible for running it all, realised that they had under-estimated the demand.
They had brought over 5,000 litres (around 1,100 gallons) of wine expecting it to last all nine days.
But after just five days, they were down to the last 500 litres and the demand certainly wasn't getting any less.
By then, 18,000 glasses of wine had already been sold, and there was still the busy weekend trade to contend with!
Desperate measures were called for.
By Thursday, they had brought in another 1,000 litres but it still wasn't enough.
Midway through the following evening, the wine finally ran out and there wasn't any prospect of bringing over any more.
Reluctantly, the Wine House had to close down two days early.
The people of Lincoln had knocked back a staggering 24,000 glasses, and latecomers were greeted with an apologetic notice on the front door saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have no more wine - sorry."
One of the men behind the Wine House idea, Lincoln publicity manager and prominent member of the FFN, Robin Rushton, told the Echo at the time: "We thought it would catch on, but not to this extent.
"I think 'success' is putting it mildly. Lincoln people seem to have taken to the wine.
"The Wine House was crowded every night. I can't think of anything that has promoted such goodwill between our two cities.
"It has been a wonderful week. I think everybody who went had a wonderful time."
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 04 June 2002
This week, the Lincoln Section of the Feucht Frohliche Neustadter is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its formation.
Having joined the FFN in early 1974, my first experience of serving at wine tastings came in the April of that year, when hundreds of local government employees chose this as their party to mark the change over in local authority controls.
Four wine tasting evenings were held at the Drill Hall, in Lincoln, each attended by about 500 people.
It was a bit nerve-wracking going out to serve for that first time, although I had attended several tastings previously.
Not all of the wine tastings were in Lincoln.
One I remember in particular was staged at Weymouth, in Dorset. It was, I think, for the Dorchester Round Table. One of the members had just moved from Lincoln and was anxious for his fellow members to enjoy the experience.
We set off from Lincoln, by coach, early on Saturday morning and were just settling nicely into our journey. We were travelling down the motorway south of Leicester when there was a loud bang and smoke came up through the floor of the coach. The driver brought it to rest on the hard-shoulder and discovered that the flywheel had disintegrated.
There was nothing we could do but sit tight while he went to the nearest emergency phone and ask for another coach.
It was quite some time before one arrived from Leicester, so we whiled away our time by making sure that the wine wasn't damaged, or had 'gone off'.
When the relief coach arrived, we had to transfer all of the wines and equipment at the side of the motorway, so we didn't arrive at our destination until tea-time, just enough spare time to prepare the hall for the evening.
But the event was a success and afterwards, we were invited to a cellar-bar run by one of the guests at the evening.
It was an unusual place with some pretty unusual customers, including one who sat under an umbrella, even though we were indoors.
If I had to choose the must unusual wine-tasting at which I served, it has to be one on a coach from Sheffield to Lincoln.
Ruddocks, the printers, were hosting a corporate hospitality day at their Lincoln works for businessmen from Sheffield and district.
We travelled to that city by car and came back on the coach serving, en route, quite a number of wines.
If you have ever tried pouring drinks while travelling in a car, you will be able to imaging the problems we had on that journey, plus the fact that we had to do the serving while standing up.
Trying to keep your balance and pour wine without soaking the drinker saw techniques which might have been frowned upon in Neustadt.
We had to hold the glass in one hand, rest the neck of the bottle on the lip of the glass and try to keep upright.
Our efforts caused much amusement to the passengers, but I think that they really enjoyed themselves.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 18 June 2002
Europe's most northerly vineyard has undergone a revamp aimed at attracting more visitors to the site.
The vineyard in the Bishop's Palace in Lincoln has got new benches and an interpretative board thanks to a £2,000 grant from Lincoln's Millennium Guild.
It comes a year after the opening of a contemporary garden at the Bishop's Palace as part of a £1.5 million English Heritage programme.
The vineyard was created in 1972 as a gift from Lincoln's twin town, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse.
Kate Fenn, Lincoln City Council's civic and twinning officer, said: "It was the 900th anniversary of the cathedral and the town thought it would be good to mark it with a special gift to the city of Lincoln.
"We were given 300 vines and they were planted in the Bishop's Palace which is nice because it is a old Roman vineyard."
The vineyard is looked after by Lincoln City Council and Mrs Fenn believes it is a priority for the city.
"A couple of years ago the council was looking at ways to cut expenditure and there was talk about closing the vineyard.
"But it is a really important part of our twinning history so we decided to keep it going."
The £2,000 has gone towards making the vineyard more accessible for visitors.
"We have a new board up with graphics and information about the vineyard and how it came into existence," she said.
"The vineyard is such an important part of Lincoln's history and more people should be aware of it.
"I am not sure how many people in Lincoln even know we have a vineyard, let alone that it has produced wine.
"We have also spent the money on two benches so that people can sit down and have a look at the vineyard.
"It is a really nice quiet place for people to experience while they are in the Bishop's Palace."
Members of the Friends of Neustadt have sponsored the upkeep of the seven individual rows of vines.
The vineyard is the most northerly in Europe, a title previously held by the vineyard at Stragglethorpe Hall near Brant Broughton.
It has produced four vintages in 1996, 1992, 1986 and 1982.
The Mayor of Lincoln, Councill Gary Hewson said that the vineyard was an important piece of history.
"It is the link with older traditions and also our twin town of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse," he said.
"The vineyard is something the people in Lincoln should be proud of."
Elizabeth Manfield, a partner in Steep Hill Wine in Steep Hill, Lincoln, thinks the vineyard is a great asset for the city.
"It is great that Lincoln has it's very own vineyard," she said.
"We would love to sell the wine if more becomes available."
VINEYARD BOOST: Europe's most northerly vineyard in the Bishop's Palace in Lincoln has undergone a revamp - £2,000 from Lincoln's Millennium Guild has gone towards making the vineyard more accessible to visitors. 2-2438-14.
INFORMATION AVAILABLE: A new board with graphics and details about the historic vineyard and how it came into existence has been set up. 2-2438-25.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 22 June 2002
Civic dignitaries from Lincoln's twin town have paid tribute to the cities' historic link.
Georg Löffler, oberbürgermeister of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in Germany, returned home this week after leading a three-day visit to the city.
It was first time Herr Löffler, who is the equivalent of the Mayor of Lincoln and the head of its administrative departments, had visited the city.
He was elected to serve his eight-year term on January 1 this year - the first time the oberbürgermeister was chosen by residents of Neustadt.
During his stay, Herr Löffler watched as Dr Wolfgang Brix, who was oberbürgermeister when the twinning started in 1972, unveiled a statue at St Barnabas Hospice Day Centre in Hawthorn Road. The statue marked the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Lincoln section of the Feucht-Fröliche Neustadter (FFN).
The club, which raises money for charities by holding Neustadt wine-tasting evenings, donated £70,000 to pay for equipment at the hospice.
Herr Löffler said: "I found the statue overwhelming. It is symbolic of the 30 years of continuous friendship that has developed between our two cities."
He also joined the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Gary Hewson, in planting a rose in the Lincoln Vineyard at the Bishop's Palace in Minster Yard.
The vineyard contains 300 vines presented to Lincoln by Neustadt to mark the 900th anniversary of Lincoln Cathedral in 1972.
Herr Löffler said: "I am thrilled to be in Lincoln. There are so many beautiful old buildings here."
Herr Löffler was also keen to stress the importance of the twinning link at a special wine-tasting ceremony at the House of Wines in Steep Hill.
The shop was established to promote wine produced by the 25 growers who are members of the Neustadt-based Haus Des Weines consortium.
"This link is very important indeed. I hope that what the older generation has started, the younger people will continue to develop," he said.
The wine-tasting was also attended by Lincoln City Council chief executive Andrew Taylor and the head of the Department of Economy Leisure, Tourism and Arts Jim Hanrahan.
Mr Taylor said he hoped the visit would both cement existing links and provide a basis for further co-operation.
He said: "The twinning link is incredibly important to us in Lincoln, particularly this early in the office of a new oberbürgermeister."
IMPRESSIVE: Mayor of Lincoln Gary Hewson (left) and Georg Löffler, oberbürgermeister of the city's twin town of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, admire the new statue at St Barnabas Hospice Day Centre. 2-2679-13.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 27 June 2002
A group of wine-tasting fund-raisers is appealing for new members.
The Lincoln section of the Feucht-Fröhliche Neustadter organisation is also looking for new causes to support.
The group's business manager Robin Rushton said: "We are looking for new people to get involved.
"We would also like to hear from any local charities that we might be able to help."
The FFN organises tasting evenings using wine from Lincoln's twin town of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in Germany.
It gave £70,000 to buy medical equipment at St Barnabas Hospice Day Centre in Hawthorn Road, Lincoln.
For more details contact Mr Rushton on (01522) 790280
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 27 June 2002
In the past few weeks, I have told stories in this column about my memories of time spent with the Lincoln section of the Feucht Frohlicher Neustadter.
It is now 30 years since the Lincoln club was 'born', shortly after the twinning of the city with the German town.
Celebrations were held just over a week ago to mark the occasion and my wife and I were guests at the farewell evening before our German friends returned home.
The evening started with a reception at the Usher Gallery, when strawberries and Sekt (German champagne) were served to the accompaniment of music from the City of Lincoln Band.
But this was just the start of an evening of pure nostalgia. Many friendships were renewed and it was wonderful to meet again many of the people I had known from my time as a member of the FFN. Among the guests were Dr Wolfang Brix and his wife. Dr Brix was Oberburgermeister of Neustadt at the time that the twinning was inaugurated.
It was also a reunion for the president of the FFN, Ray Crownshaw, with the three people who have also held that office, Ralph Wadsworth, Charles Ireland and Don Smith, who were joined by the president of the FFN Neustadt, Helmut Schuster.
After the reception, we all went to Lincoln Theatre Royal for the 'tribute show', 'Rockin' on Heaven's Door', which didn't need any translation for the German visitors. It was the music of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran.
The artists who 'impersonated' these legends of rock 'n' roll had the audience on their feet by the end of the show.
There just had to be Wooden Heart in the 'Elvis' section, this being the King of Rock 'n' Roll's version of the the German song Muss 'i Denn.
Included in the celebrations was a trip on the Orient Express, with the Lincoln hosts and their guests travelling in the original coaches of this famous train.
Next year, the celebrations will continue when the Lincoln section will visit Neustadt for the 'parent' club's 50th anniversary.
ALL TOGETHER: FFN presidents and former presidents at the Lincoln reception, from left, Charles Ireland, Ralph Wadsworth, Helmut Schuster, Don Smith and Ray Crownshaw.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 02 July 2002
Deutsch-englische Freundschaft steht
Neustadt/Lincoln. (hs) Die Feucht-Fröhlichen Neustadter (FFN) besuchten anlässlich des 30-jährigen Bestehens ihres englischen Brudervereines die Partnerstadt Lincoln. Englands FFN-ler hatten zu einem Geburtstags-Wochenende eingeladen, das wohl so schnell keiner der Teilnehmer vergessen wird. Eine Fahrt im Orient-Express mit einem tollen Menü oder in einem Theater die Rock'n'Roll-Legenden von damals zu sehen und zu hören waren einige der Höhepunkte der Fahrt. Als Geburtstagsgeschenk hatten die Neustadter eine Sandstein-Stele im Gepäck, die den Werdegang einer Partnerschaft widerspiegelt. Sie wurde von dem Künstler Bernhard Mathäss aus Duttweiler geschaffen und zeigt zwei Figurengruppen (Erwachsene und Kinder) aus Bronze, die sich durch ein geöffnetes Tor aus der Entfernung sehen. Um einander besser zu verstehen, muß man durch das Tor schreiten und aufeinander zugehen, will sagen, sich gegenseitig oft besuchen, um eine Partnerschaft zu gründen und anschließend lebendig zu erhalten. Übergeben wurde die Stele aus gelbem Sandstein vom Haardter Steinbruch der typisch ist für Neustadt an der Weinstraße und seine Weindörfer, vom Präsident der FFN-Neustadt, Helmut Schuster, gemeinsam mit Neustadts Oberbürgermeister Hans Georg Löffler, der ebenfalls zu den Feierlichkeiten geladen war.
Standort der Stele ist am St. Barnabas Hospice, das durch eine Spende der FFN von rund 105.000 Pfund gebaut werden konnte. Die Spende war eine der größten, welche die FFN in ihrer Geschichte tätigten.
Die FFN Neustadt ließen es sich nicht nehmen, ihre Lincolner Freunde zu einem Jubiläum einzuladen, um wieder ein Wochenende gemeinsam mit guten Freunden zu verbringen: vom 19. bis 23. Juni 2003 wird das 50-jährige Bestehen der FFN Neustadt gefeiert, zu dem die FFN-ler auch auf diesem Wege schon jetzt alle ihre alten und neuen Freunde aus nah und fern einladen möchten.
Helmut Schuster; Präsident FFN Neustadt, mit Ray Crownshaw, Präsident der FFN Lincoln (rechts), vor der Partnerschafts-Stele, geschaffen von dem Künstler und Bildhauer Bernhard Mathäss aus Neustadt-Duttweiler.
Quelle: Stadtanzeiger vom 11.7.2002
Haiselscher öffnen am Freitag
Am Freitag beginnt die "fünfte Jahreszeit": die beliebten „Haiselscher" zwischen Saalbau und Springbrunnen öffnen wie gewohnt eine Woche vor dem Weinlesefest.
Neustadt (hs) Beim diesjährigen Deutschen Weinlesefest wird es einige Neuerungen und Überraschungen geben, erklärte Dagmar Loer, Geschäftsführerin der Neustadter Tourist, Kongress und Saalbau GmbH (TKS) im Pressegespräch. Das Pfälzer Weindorf direkt am Bahnhof, die beliebten "Haiselscher" zwischen Saalbau und Springbrunnen, öffnet wie gewohnt schon eine Woche vor dem Weinlesefest, heuer also ab Freitag 27. September. Erfreulich für alle Rummelplatz- und Jahrmarkt-Fans, die es nicht erwarten können: schon vor der offiziellen Eröffnung am Donnerstag, 3. Oktober, um 18 Uhr auf der Programmbühne vor den Weinhäuschen werden am Nachmittag des 2. Oktober (Tag vor dem "Tag der Deutschen Einheit) die Schausteller ihre Fahrgeschäfte und Buden für die Besucher öffnen, bei RPR-Radiofest macht ab 19 Uhr die Band "Wild Turkey" mächtig Dampf. Nach eigenem Bekunden ging für Dagmar Loer endlich ein lange gehegter Wunsch in Erfüllung: sie konnte ein Riesenrad nach Neustadt holen. Der Schausteller-Betrieb Göbel aus Worms kommt mit dem 40 Meter hohen "Colossus", der die Szenerie am Bahnhofsvorplatz auch optisch aufwerten wird. Insgesamt verspricht Dagmar Loer ein proppenvolles Festprogramm, das an 13 Tagen über 100 Stunden Unterhaltung bietet. Ein attraktives Bühnenprogramm mit Radio RPR und attraktiven LiveActs wie "Memories", "Grand Malör", "Van der Palz", Gipfelstürmer", "Hoi" oder "Time Out" sorgt für beste Unterhaltung. Am Sonntag, 6. Oktober, kommt RPR Zwei Sommerradio mit Moderator Frank Schröder und den Gästen Judith & Mel und Andy. Im Festzelt gibt es täglich musikalisches Programm, aber auch Karaoke-Abende, Senioren-Tanz und Kaffeeklatsch oder einen Familienbrunch und am 9. Oktober ist Familientag bei den Schaustellern mit halben Preisen. Am Freitag, 4. Oktober, wird die Nachfolgerin von Tanja Schmidt aus Deidesheim als 64. Pfälzische Weinkönigin gewählt: "The Great Night of the Queen", die lange Nacht der Pfalzweinkönigin also, präsentiert sich frisch und unterhaltsam. Nach dem Krönungs-Zeremoniell ist Live-Musik angesagt mit den "Beat Brothers" und "Lucille's Lumbago" und richtig feurig wird es bei der Feuer-Tanz-Show "Ra Fire". Karten gibt es noch im Vorverkauf für 35 Euro unter Telefon 06321-926856.
Am 5. Oktober verwandelt sich der Saalbau in eine einzige Tanzfläche: das 3. Rock'n Roll & Boogie-Woogie-Festival steigt mit "Lucille's Lumbago" und Musik im Stil der 50-er und 60-er Jahre (ausführlicher Bericht auf Seite 32 in dieser Ausgabe).
Am 4., 11. und 12. Oktober jeweils von 10.45 bis 12.45 Uhr "entführt" ein ebenso versierter wie humorvoller Biologe interessierte Kinder und Jugendliche in die Weinberge auf eine besondere Entdeckungsreise unter dem Motto "Was da so kreucht und fleucht, wächst, blüht und fruchtet". Karten gibt es unter Telefon 06321-926856.
Der mittlerweile siebte Deutsche Wein- und Sekt-Treff auf dem Hetzelplatz bietet auch in diesem Jahr bei ausgewählter Live-Musik die Möglichkeit, Weine und Winzersekte aus den neun Neustadter Weindörfern und dreizehn deutschen Anbaugebieten in prickelnder Atmosphäre zu verkosten. Von Donnerstag, 10. bis Montag, 14. Oktober, gibt es Feines für Gaumen und Ohren: Weine und Winzersekte werden von kulinarischen Gerichten aus der Küche des CJD Neustadt und Maximiliansau begleitet. Musikalische Köstlichkeiten sind das Trio "Abendroth" mit Musik zum Träumen, "The Cocojones" mit Jazz, Pop, Oldies & Evergreens, die "Red Hot Dixie Devils" mit Dixieland & Swing sowie zum Ausklang Andreas Finger mit Unterhaltungsmusik.
Am Freitag, 11. Oktober, findet im Saalbau die 54. Wahl und Krönung der Deutschen Weinkönigin statt, die wieder live in Südwest RP übertragen wird. Durch den Abend führen Jan Hofer und Herbert Feuerstein mit Stargast Anna-Maria Kaufmann (bekannt u. a. von ihrer Titelrolle im Musical "Evita").
Traditionsgemäß am Samstag vor dem Weinlesefestzug, also heuer am 12. Oktober, findet die 38. "Große Pfalzweinprobe der Weinbruderschaft der Pfalz" im Saalbau statt.
Zu Deutschlands größtem Winzer-Umzug am Sonntag, 13. Oktober, ab 14 Uhr haben sich bereits über 130 Gruppen angemeldet. Zahlreiche Besucher werden den frisch gekrönten Weinköniginnen auf ihren Prunkwagen zujubeln; Südwest RP ist wieder dabei und sendet den Umzug in bewährter Weise zeitversetzt um 20.15 Uhr. Für alle Neustadterlnnen, die aus welchen Gründen auch immer den Umzug nicht vor Ort sehen können: der Offene Kanal Neustadt überträgt live. Ein großes Feuerwerk der Schausteller am Montag, 14. Oktober, gegen 21.30 Uhr bildet wie gewohnt den Abschluß des Deutschen Weinlesefestes in Neustadt an der Weinstraße. Alle Highlights des Deutschen Weinlesefestes 2002 finden sich im Programmheft der Tourist-Information Neustadt, Am Hetzelplatz 1, Telefon 06321- 926892, Fax 926891 oder per e-mail unter: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Das Riesenrad "Colossus" kommt auf den Neustadter Rummelplatz am Bahnhof.
Quelle: Stadtanzeiger vom 26.09.2002
Lincoln will be awash with festive activity tonight as the 21st Christmas Market gets under way.
Historic Bailgate and the castle square will be transformed into a Christmas fair with a difference as thousands of visitors from home and abroad flock to the four-day event.
The Christmas market began in 1982 with just 14 stalls and has grown to become one of the most spectacular events in the calendar.
It was originally based on an idea from Lincoln's twin town in Germany, Neustadt and der Weinstrasse, and now has more than 300 stalls.
The stunning backdrop of Lincoln's cathedral and castle will provide an atmospheric setting for the now historic event.
The German connection is always the focus of a great deal of interest at the market and this year will be no exception.
Lincoln tourism officer Amanda Batham said: "At the Neustadt FFN stall, people will be able to sample Neustadt's principal export - wine.
"Meanwhile, in the castle square, members of the organisation's brother club, the Lincoln FFN, will be selling what is seen as the city's finest import - hot and spicy 'gluhwein'."
The German connection was the impetus for the market in the first place after Lincoln officials went to the town and were so taken with the festive street market that they decided to start one of their own.
Miss Batham said: "The objectives of the first Christmas market were to celebrate the city's twinning with the Neustadt and the town's original German roots, to give Lincoln people a pleasant introduction to the festive season, and to raise Lincoln's profile as an attractive tourist destination."
There are expected to be more than 150,000 visitors to the market.
And the crowds will find a wide range of activities on offer in many different locations around uphill Lincoln.
As well as the main castle site, there will be stalls in Exchequergate, Westgate, Union Road and the Lawn visitors' centre.
In the castle grounds hundreds of stalls will be selling gifts from all over the world from as far afield as Russia.
And there is no danger of the crowds ever getting hungry as they make their way round the many stalls because refreshments and food stalls will be strategically placed around the market.
Charity stalls will also be making the most of the crowds to raise funds for their different causes including the St Barnabas Hospice, Ukraine Relief Aid and the Lincoln Rotary Club which will be providing refreshments for the event in The Lawn.
This year, there will be even more entertainmnet on offer for the youngsters as well with plenty of fairground attractions to choose from throughout the four days.
The Lawn visitors' centre, in Union Road, will be playing host to a giant Ferris wheel and a spinning coaster ride.
There will also be a Winter Wonderland to get youngsters in the Christmas spirit.
In Westgate a Gallopers Carousel will be in action alongside a dodgem car ride.
A larger funfair is also planned for the area around Cobb Hall, in St Paul's Lane, which will include a Big Ben ride.
There will be ghost walks in uphill Lincoln for those seeking a more spiritual trip to the city.
Tomorrow evening, the Usher Gallery will be getting into the festive spirit as well with a series of seasonal readings entitled Ring Out Wild Bells.
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life will be organising a Victorian Christmas for visitors wanting a break from the crowds.
Local musicians and choirs will be providing the musical accompaniment.
Various historic buildings will be the setting for the live entertainment including the castle, cathedral, St Paul in the Bail and the Medieval Bishops' Palace.
Lincoln Christmas Market will officially open tonight at 6pm, closing at 9.30pm. Tomorrow and Saturday's times are 10am to 9.30pm. Sunday's times are 10am to 7pm.
For further information on the event, visit the website at www.lincoln.gov.uk or contact the Tourist Information Centre, on (01522) 873256.
TASTY: Visitors will find foods to tempt them such as Russel Tomlin and Jeannette Jones' 'ostrich cheeseburger'.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 05 December 2002
Visitors to Lincoln's Christmas Market have been getting the chance to taste a world of flavours.
The international feel of the event is expressed by many of the overseas visitors and the continental stalls.
From traditional Lincolnshire foods to German sausages, there is something for everyone.
Among the stands are Hilary's Traditional Roast Chestnuts, a family-run business based in Surrey, which has been a regular feature at the market for the last six years.
Alexandra Hulse (19), whose father runs the stall, is working for a bit of extra money before Christmas.
"People have been enjoying chestnuts for hundreds of years, they have a unique smoky taste and they are good for you," she said. "My father has bought around two tonnes of chestnuts and I reckon we will sell them by Sunday. And this year we are selling toasted marshmallow sticks, sweet and sticky."
Tony Valentine (60), from Rugby in Warwickshire, runs Ye Old Sweet Shoppe, based within the castle walls for the market.
He has been coming to the Christmas market for the last 11 years and he said the market just keeps getting better.
"We sell the old fashioned boiled sweets like rhubarb and custard, humbugs and pear drops - the sort of sweets that were popular when I was a lad," he said.
"And by the sales we had last night it seems the traditional favourites are still popular."
Other sugary delights on the stall include tennis ball size gob stoppers, nut clusters, chocolate brazils, cough candy and vanilla fudge.
He added: "So far it has been a great show, the weather has been good, the entertainment has been very professional and the crowds have enjoyed themselves."
Frances Pullen runs the Country Kitchen stall that sells traditional Lincolnshire sausage hot dogs.
She said her sausages were proving popular. "Every year I buy the bangers in bulk from a local butcher in Snelland, near Wragby," she said.
"They have the traditional sausage spices and a few more.
"And this year we are also selling farmhouse soup and hot mince pies with a brandy sauce."
As usual the market has retained its link with Lincoln's twinning city of Neustadt in Germany.
Among the traders from the German city that were present at the market were the German FFN - a society that sells wines from Neustadt.
Society president Helmut Schuster said the group was having a lot of fun.
"This year we have a huge stall just inside the castle walls," he said. "So far our trade has been excellent, the people of Lincoln have a good taste for wine.
"We are also selling traditional German snacks such as pretzels and cheese sticks."
Other stalls at the market are selling French crepes, Lincolnshire pork pies and spice flavoured nuts.
The market's final day is tomorrow and it opens from 10am to 7pm.
MEIN HOST: Sebastian Hilgert (left), Steffan Gebhart and Helmut Schuster from FFN Neustadt with wine and pretzels.
Quelle: Lincolnshire Echo, 07 December 2002