IPA UK’s Steve Hunt enjoys a lifetime of IPA Friendship

04 Sep 2018


I recently met up with my long-standing German friends Geelke and Armin Allwicher whilst they were enjoying a break at a holiday complex in the Netherlands.IMG 1091

Both Armin and Geelke are German IPA members with over 60 years membership between them!

Geelke and Armin are big fans of the UK, especially Scotland, where they holidayed last year and intend to visit again this year!

Therefore I decided to present them with Scotland IPA badges that were available at this year’s IPA UK National Council Meeting, along with a 'thin blue-line' wristlet and a Section UK Challenge Coin.

Armin and I first met over 30 years ago during a town twinning visit, when a colleague and I accompanied the Mayor of Thurrock to the German town of Mönchengladbach.

A firm friendship ensued. Since then, we have met up at least twice yearly to renew our bond in the true spirit of ‘Service through Friendship'. Armin was even my Best Man when I married my wife Karen in 2009!

A classic example of what can be achieved by simply being an IPA member!

Steve Hunt, Region 10 Secretary, IPA UK