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WHAT IS OKTOBERFEST? 

Oktoberfest is the Worlds largest beer and folk festival. It traditionally takes place in Munich, Germany from mid September and lasts 18 days.

 The event has attracted an international following - this year 5.9 million people descended on Munich to attend while other cities across the world hold Oktoberfest style celebrations based on the Munich event.

 During the festival, giant tents capable of holding thousands of revellers are erected and over 6 million litres of beer is drunk. Bavarian music plays in the afternoon and often gives way to more modern pop music in the evening.

 Oktoberfest began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sace-Hildburghausen.  The royal newlyweds deemed the party so great that they wanted to repeat it every year and so Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Munich every fall since then.


PETERBOROUGH TWINED WITH VIERSEN

Since 1982 Peterborough has been twinned with Viersen, Germany. Celebrating its 36th year of the twinning in 2018.

In 2007 Peterborough council hosted a celebration of the 25th year of the partnership to bring together the history of the link and the close partnership with Viersen. The then Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr Marion Todd welcomed the Mayors and delegates from all of the twinned cities, hosting a dinner at the town hall and they were then all joined in a service at St John's Church in the Cathedral Square. 


Back in 2007 the Peterborough Daily interviewed BIRGIT Zerres, an official in Viersen responsible for the twinnings and for the representative affairs of our mayor answered a few questions.

How many people live in Viersen? In Viersen at the moment live a bit more than 76,000 people.

What is Viersen well known for? Our industry is quit mixed, the main number of companies are services enterprises. But we have two big food companies in Viersen. The company "Mars" or "Masterfoods" , which is producing chocolate like Snickers, Mars etc. Then in Viersen there is the Kaiser's Tengelmann AG – a big food campany with the central enterprise in Viersen and supermarkets all over Germany.

"Twinning helps towns to understand each other's cultures and good relationships, between sports clubs and schools, for example, really develop." (Elizabeth Storr)