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Chair of Bristol Hannover Council Dr Ann Kennard receives Cross of the Order of Merit

Ambassador Peter Wittig with Dr. Ann Kennard

Ambassador Peter Wittig with Dr. Ann Kennard, © German Embassy London

11.07.2019 - Press release

On 11 July 2019, Ambassador Dr Peter Wittig presented the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ann Kennard, Chair of Bristol Hannover Council.

During more than fifty years at Bristol Hannover Council – first as an active member and later on as its chair – Dr Kennard strengthened the cooperation between German and British schools and universities as well as businesses, sports associations and local councils through manifold activities like concerts and exhibitions.  

In her professional capacity as lecturer in German and Head of German and East European Studies at the University of the West of England, she has instilled her love for the German language and culture in future generations.

Dr Kennard has also strengthened the bilateral relationship between Germany and Britain through supporting town twinning conferences and discussions on how to preserve and build on the bridges that make Germany and the UK both friends and partners in the future.  As a passionate champion of Germany and its culture, Dr Kennard has made an exceptional contribution to the friendship between Germany and the UK.

Dr Ann Kennard was previously awarded the Lord Mayor’s International Medal for her outstanding services to Bristol’s twinning with Hannover in 2017 and the British-German Association’s Medal of Honour in 2014.

Ambassador Wittig was delighted to 'pay tribute to an outstanding bridge-builder, an energetic and enthusiastic town-winner, and an ardent lover and connoisseur of German culture and the German language.'

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