Watton celebrates Germany link with Oktoberfest

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Brexit may have got people thinking about Europe, but it didn't dampen the spirits of revellers at an Oktoberfest event Saham Toney, near Watton.

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Scores of people flocked to the Old Bell pub on Friday and Saturday for the party, which celebrated the 29-year-long twinning of the market town with Weeze, a town in Germany near the Dutch border.

Frothy one-litre mugs of German beer were downed over plates of Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, and a band piped out oompah tunes in the pub, decked with German and Bavarian bunting.

Watton Twinning Association chairman Margaret Devine said she was thrilled at the turn-out to the festival, which raised money for activities during delegate visits between the two towns.

'The twinning started because we were both RAF towns - Weeze had RAF Laarbruch, which is now a civil airport.

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016 - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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'It's always a great chance to experience the different culture, the food and the beer of Germany.

'It has been wonderful but we would really like to see more younger people get involved in the twinning programme so it continues into the future.'

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Watton Town Council deputy chairman Stan Hebborn said he was delighted with the festival.

He said: 'The town council is very pleased to support the twinning association. The idea is that council money isn't used to fund twinning events so this is why we have events like this.

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney

Members of the Wattn Twinning Association hold a fundraising Ocktoberfest at The Bell in Saham Toney.Byline: Sonya DuncanCopyright: Archant 2016emily Jeffrey, barmaid, Margaret Devine, twinning ass chairman, cindy Morton, landlady, Valentina Rose. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

'The friendship we have built over the years is special, and the small matter of Brexit is not a big enough obstacle to impact on the excellent relationship between Watton and Weeze.'

Next year, a group from Watton are planning to visit Weeze to mark 30 years of the partnership.

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