German musicians have jetted into Northumberland to celebrate one of the longest-standing town partnerships in England.
Members of the Brass Band of Lüttringhausen from Remscheid will delve into the North East’s culture during a whistle-stop visit to the region this weekend.
Their arrival celebrates the twinning of Ashington and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland with the Remscheid district in Germany.
The pairing spans well over 60 years and is one of the longest in the country.
Bill Gale, who has been involved with town twinning arrangements between the two areas for over 30 years and has worked with Ashington Town Council in supporting the visit, said “We are delighted that the brass band has come to the area.
“Strong friendships have been built over the decades and it is been particularly encouraging in recent years to see younger generations from the two areas making new links and friendships.”
The band landed in the UK on Thursday and took a tour of the historic Woodhorn Museum, looking at the history of working in the pits.
They were then welcomed by dignitaries at a reception in Ashington.
As part of the visit, the band will play at the morning service at the Holy Sepulchre Church in Ashington on Sunday at 9.30am.
In the afternoon they will provide a free outdoor performance at the iconic Newbiggin Maritime Centre, next to the church point, from 3pm.
Sebastian Bruninghaus, leader of the band, said the group is looking forward to performing and hoped that the links between Germany and England continue for years to come.
He said: “The band was really looking forward to visiting England and especially Ashington and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea to perform.
“There are a lot of links that have been made between the two areas and we hope that our visit will continue the good work that has been carried out in previous years.”