From 25 to 28 August 2022, a delegation from Schwalmstadt (Germany) visited Zwalm as part of the fraternization between the two municipalities.
Frans Verlaeckt (chairman): “The visitors were welcomed in the Munk on Thursday, August 25th by four members of the Council of Aldermen of Zwalm, the board of the association “Verbroedering Zwalm-Schwalmstadt” and the various host families who provided guidance and support to the visitors during this weekend. provided shelter.
On Friday 26, the group went by bus to Brussels. On the programme: a visit to the Parliamentarium, the European Parliament (hemisphere) and the surroundings of the Grote Markt. On the way back, another stop was made at the Atomium.
On Saturday, the German guests could explore the region and the villages of Zwalm as they wished, accompanied by their host families. The day concluded with an academic session and reception. In addition to the speeches by the two chairmen, the Zwalm alderman Bernard Ardaen emphasized the importance of this fraternization and confirmed the support of the municipality. Stadtsverordneter Helmut Balamagi expressed his gratitude on behalf of his city for the hospitality received and emphasized the importance Schwalmstadt attaches to this fraternization. He invited Zwalm to participate in the 50 together next yearste to celebrate the anniversary of the Brotherhood. This was followed by a much appreciated festive meal and the traditional gifts, baskets with regional products, were exchanged.
On Sunday, the company was waved goodbye, sometimes with a tear. See you again next year for the celebration of the lustrum of our Brotherhood.”