A Leighton family is going loco to help promote town twinning at Saturday’s Continental Day.
The Hinchliffs have been ardant supporters of twinning almost since its inception.
Former mayor Chris Hinchliff led groups to France and Germany to foster entente cordiale between countries.
Chris died last year but his widow, Christine, pictured, is carrying on his vision.
This Saturday her three sons, Damian, Mike and Matthew, will be touring the town centre in quirky masks, made especially for the family for their entry into the German spring festival of Fasnacht.
Each year Leighton’s twin town of Titisee Neustadt holds a carnival that includes a colourful parade featuring guilds and one of the most popular is The Seerauber (The Pirates).
Christine said: “Chris and I thought it would be fun to enter the parade with our own guild. After much fun and laughter we decided that Leighton Linslade Zugrauber (Train Robbers) should be our name. Well it’s obvious really and the German hosts thoroughly enjoy the joke.
“We had two masks especially made for us by a local wood carver and Chris and I walked in three festivals.
“It was difficult trying to explain to the carver what we wanted - something like Thomas The Tank Engine gone wrong - but we got there in the end. I thought long and hard about showing the masks in Leighton but I’m sure Chris would have approved.
“This year we had a third mask made and all three will be seen for the first time in town and helping support the town-twinning stall.
“Twinning isn’t anywhere near as popular as it once was which is a great pity.
“It has been difficult drumming up interest in schools and local organisations.
“Its original supporters are getting older and we need to pass the mantle onto a younger generation”.
Look out for the twinning stall and drop by for a chat.