Borehamwood Brass Band return from Offenburg visit

Borehamwood Times: A band member in Offenburg A band member in Offenburg

Brass musicians visited Borehamwood’s twin town in Germany to play at a famous wine festival.

Members from Borehamwood Brass Band returned from a trip to Offenburg yesterday after having spent the weekend performing at Weinfest.

Alan Gibbins, who plays the cornet and the horn in the band, said the weekend was “marvellous”.

The 80-year-old, of Gables Avenue, said: “It was a simply excellent weekend. Everyone had a fantastic time.

“Hundreds of people came to the festival and performing in front of them all was just amazing.

“I loved every minute of it. We sampled lots of different types of wine at the festival and the food was just great too.

“I am relieved everything went well after all that planning, too.”

Weinfest is an annual festival held in Offenburg, in the Black Forest, South West Germany.

The group were also given the chance to have a historical guided tour of the town.

The 25 band members used to visit the town to visit a similar German band every four years, but that stopped in 1998 when it broke up.

Andrew Grady, who plays the cornet in the band and is the vice chair of the Borehamwood Twin Town Association, helped plan the event.

The 48-year-old had been trying to restore links between the two areas and said the trip was a “wonderful success”.

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