You’d have been foolish to miss twinning trip

Mayor Ray Berry hands over the water colours
Mayor Ray Berry hands over the water colours

The Mayor of Leighton-Linslade looked on as the people from German twin town Titisee-Neustadt made fools of themselves!

To celebrate a number of anniversaries related to Titisee Neustadt’s annual Fasnacht, or “Fools Night” celebrations, the townsfolk had a wild time.

There was a Pyjama Parade through a very chilly Neustadt on the Thursday night, a “Silly” toboggan race, and “Fools” parades in Titisee and Neustadt – both of the latter taking place during the daytime and throughout the evenings over the entire weekend!

As a part of the continuing twinning programme, the town mayors of Coulommiers in France and Leighton-Linslade met and joined in the fun.

A formal reception took place in Titisee on Sunday (February 15). Following awards to several of the festival’s long-standing organisers, Titisee Neustadt’s Burgermeister, Herr Armin Hinterseh, made a welcoming speech to Monsieur Daniel Boulvrais, acting for the Maire of Coulommiers, and to Leighton Linslade Mayor, Councillor Ray Berry. An exchange of gifts followed, with Cllr Berry presenting the Burgermeister with a pair of watercolours of Leighton Linslade scenes and a signed copy of The Secrets of Q Central – the new book on Leighton’s part in the Second World War.

The formal element of the visit was rounded off with a top-table lunch in the newly rebuilt Bären (Bears) Hotel.

Councillor Berry, together with Leighton Linslade Twinning Group members Graham and Anita Drake, and Fay Barrett and the visiting group from Coulommiers, were well looked after throughout the trip.

Looking to the future, an official invitation has been received from the Mayor of Coulommiers to attend their Cheese and Wine Fair which will take place from March 27-30.

For more about the twinning group’s activities, contact Christine Barrow on 01525 631921 or email