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Joey Mezzetti, right, and Mark Claxton are cycling from Sheringham to Otterndorf in Germany to celebrate 25 years of twinning between the two towns. Pictured with town mayor Doug Smith. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY
Friday, August 24, 2012
A pair of intrepid cyclists are pedaling more than 390 miles from Sheringham to Otterndorf to mark 25 years of twinning between the two towns.
Police officer Joey Mezzetti, 37, and plumber Mark Claxton, 41, will leave Sheringham on Monday morning (August 27), catch the overnight ferry to Holland, and travel a further 300 miles in around 24 hours to arrive in Otterndorf on Wednesday morning (August 29), where they will be greeted by a welcoming committee.
It is the second time the two men have attempted the trip. On their first try they were brought to a halt by a cars-only river crossing and, following a lengthy diversion, had eventually arrived late in Otterndorf in the back of a horse drawn cart.
Mr Mezzetti, who is armed this time with a bicycle SatNav system, said: “Our plan is to keep cycling until we get there and only stop for short breaks and food.
“The last time I was unaware that people don’t cycle on the roads over there. However, they have pretty much got the best cycle network in the world so we won’t have to contend with motor vehicles at least.”
A town twinning coach party will set-off from Sheringham to Otterndorf at the same time as the two cyclists. The group, including Mr Mezzetti’s and Mr Claxton’s wives and daughters, will spend time with host families in Otterndorf where they will be treated to a barbecue and days out.
Mr Mezzetti added: “The town twinning has been particularly good for my children. They have now met and become good friends with a German family and they write letters to each other.
“When families from Otterndorf are hosted in Sheringham, it also gives us an opportunity to see our area with fresh eyes and try things we wouldn’t normally do.”