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Feiern gute Zeiten (celebrate good times)

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Belgium Ambassador Godelieve Van den Bergh is all smiles as she shares lens time with new Spanish Ambassador Aníbal Jiménez Abascal.
Out to enjoy good beer and each other's great company are (from left) Gelena Sapryleina, Monika Galvydis and Judith Bernhardt.
Cheers to good relations betwen (from left) Andrea Bickhoff-Benjamin, Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schafer, and Mathu Joyini, South Africa high commissioner
Gal pals Kelly Tombli (left), Michelle Bovell (centre) and LTara Shoucair were among those partying with the Germans last Friday. - Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance photographer
Talk about heating up the dance floor, Elena and Igor Dorofeev have a great time celebrating German Day.
Andrea Bickhoff-Benjamin (left) and Vladimir Polenov show off their dance moves.
As a Catholic, Maria De Schmillen (left) was pleased to be in the company of Archbishop Charles Dufour.-Photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Melodious and beautiful. Two of the many words used to describe the presentations of both the German and Jamaican anthem from wife of new German ambassador, Maria Toledo De Schmillen, last Friday night. The white tent with subtle elements of the black, red and gold, was packed with excited well-wishers at the German National Day reception, held at the ambassador's Jack's Hill residence.

In his address, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade A.J. Nicholson spoke of the good relations the Germans share with Jamaica, especially during the last year, and with the appointment of Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schäfer. As he encouraged those in attendance to raise their glasses to salute Germany, Nicholson said it was indeed a time to celebrate the achievements of the past 24 years of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Formalities aside, guests danced the night away as they indulged in delectable German cuisine and German beer. Here are the highlights.