Diddy joins in twinning visit

PUBLISHED: 10:18 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 10:18 20 September 2013

Lindsay Hyslop and the Diddy, the mayor's bear, make a presentation during their twinning visit.

Lindsay Hyslop and the Diddy, the mayor's bear, make a presentation during their twinning visit.


Honiton Twinning Association enjoy latest visit to Gronau.

A special guest joined Honiton Twinning Association during its latest visit to Gronau – Honiton’s twin town.

Nine members of the association travelled to Gronau, Germany, with Diddy, the mayor’s bear, and were able to join in the annual Weinfest celebrations.

Weinfest is a popular festival of music, food and drink that takes place in the main square in the centre of the town.

One of the highlights of the event was a road race around the streets of Gronau.

Jennie Sleeman, a member of Honiton Running Club, took part in the 5km run and finished in a commendable time.

Diddy assisted Lindsay Hyslop, chairman of Honiton Twinning Association, in making a presentation.

The visitors were also treated to a barbecue, with a display of music and dancing by a group visiting from Sweden.

Over the weekend the group also travelled to the nearby town of Hamlen - famed for the story of the Pied Piper, which is based on a real event that occurred in the town in June 1284.

They were also treated to a guided tour through the town’s beautiful streets.

The group was given an opportunity to sample wines from many regions of Germany.

Away from the Weinfest, the visitors from Honiton were able to relax at the homes of their hosts and enjoy the wonderful German hospitality.

Anyone interested in finding out more about twinning visits or becoming a member of the twinning association can call secretary Michael Hind on 01404 43012 or Roger Sleeman on 01404 43310.

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