DIGNITARIES got into the carnival spirit during a bond-building trip to High Wycombe’s twin town in Germany.

The Mayor of High Wycombe Cllr Chauhdry Shafique and Cllr Tony Green, chairman of the Twinning Association, led the party to Wycombe’s twin town of Kelkheim last week.

They discussed twinning activities and potential new schemes between the two towns during a summit meeting, including a new inter-town badminton tournament and a youth exchange programme.

The delegation visited Kelkheim Museum and also took in the sights and sounds of the tradition carnivals in Kelkheim - where they were presented with headwear reserved for special guests - and Frankfurt.

Mayor Shafique said: “It was wonderful; it is always a pleasure to visit Kelkheim and we were fortunate to visit during the carnival season.

“I went for the first time in September and we formed some strong bonds so it was nice to go back to see friends.

“The summit was very good, full of ideas about how we can grow and develop the relationship between the two towns.”