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Bedford Morris  -  Bamberg Visit

Bedford Morris Men visited Bamberg as guests of Der Regnitztaler.

Bedford Morris Men were invited to visit Bedford's Twin Town, Bamberg by Der Regnitztaler, a traditional costume and dance group.  The Bedford Morris Men [often accompanied by Bedford Fine Companions] and Der Regnitztaler have been making exchange visits for many years, and some solid friendships have developed.

A representative group made a 3a.m. start and drove from Bedford to Bamberg, picking up Antony Heywood [Greensleeves/Helmond MM] near Eindhoven and Keith MacDonald [BMM/Chanctonbury Ring MM] in Frankfurt [both of whom are thanked for their support and without whom we would not have been quorate]. 

Bedford Morris Men at the Regnitztaler Alm   BMM - our hotel near Bamberg
Bedford Morris Men enjoying their welcome meal on Thursday evening at the Regnitztaler Alm   Bedford Morris Men: our lavish accommodation.

We arrived in Bamberg for a welcome evening meal [and other “refreshments”] at the Regnitztaler Alm [clubhouse], and were later taken to our hotel - after which we were driven everywhere, and did not have to think until Sunday morning!

Bedford Morris Men tour Bamberg   Bedford Morris Men tour the Bamberg caves  
Bedford Morris Men and their hosts pause for refreshments during a tour of the locality.   Bedford Morris Men were conducted around the spectacular caverns  

Bedford Morris Men in Bamberg - the night watchman's tour
Bedford Morris take the Nightwatchman's tour
Bedford Morris Men and their hosts pause for their guide on the Nightwatchman's Tour   The Nightwatchman's Tour - The Bamberg Rathaus

On Friday, we were taken on a tour of the locality and in the evening went on the Night-Watchman’s Tour of Bamberg. 

Bedford Morris - a stick dance in Bamberg   Bedford Morris in Bamberg - dancing "bonny green"  
Bedford Morris Men by the Fountain, Bamberg.  Clive Haste [Squire 2010/2011]; Ian Daye; Angus Darling; John Frearson; Ray Horner; Antony Heywood (Helmond MM & Greensleeves MM)    Bedford Morris Men: “Bonny Green”.   At the end of the Saturday show in Bamberg.     
Bedford Morris Men in Bamberg Bedford Morris Musicians Der Regnitztaler in Bamberg
Bedford Morris Men in our twin town, Bamberg, with some of our hosts, Der Regnitztaler, after dancing the Saturday show. Bedford Morris Men's Musicians: Les Skinner and Keith MacDonald. Our hosts, Der Regnitzaler dancing in
the Saturday show 

On the Saturday morning, we danced in Bamberg by the Fountain.  This was followed by a reception at the Rathaus.  In the afternoon, we busked at a hilltop “tearoom”; that evening there was a party at the Alm with music and dance. 

Bedford Morris Men - reception in the Bamberg Rathaus   Bedford Morris Men at the Rathaus   
The reception at the Bamberg Rathaus:  John Frearson and Les Skinner.   Bedford Morris Men and their hosts Der Regnitztaler at the reception in the Bamberg Rathaus.  
Bedford Morris and friends - saturday afternoon - rest   A couple of beersAnother beer
Bedford Morris Men take afternoon "tea" [see panel to right!] in our twin town, Bamberg, with some of our hosts, Der Regnitztaler, after dancing the Saturday show.   Bedford Morris Men - a toast to our wonderful friends and hosts: Der Regnitztaler   

All these activities were interspersed with copious food [and - did we mention? - drinks!!], we naturally sampled the local speciality Rauchbier [smoked beer]. 

Bedford Morris Men - the presentation on Saturday    Music at the Alm   
Bedford Morris Men presented a framed photograph of their dance styles to Manfred Weißhaar, leader of Die Regnitztaler.   Members of the Regnitztaler provide musical entertainment during a Saturday evening party at the Alm  

During Saturday evening we entertained each other at a magnificent party at the Regnitztaler Alm.

Departure on Sunday   Our thanks to the following for the use of their photographs: 
Antony Heywood; Thomas Hollfelder; Jenny Schweim; Keith MacDonald and John Frearson. 
A farewell from out hosts before we drive back to England    

On Sunday the Men returned to Bedford after four excellent days with our most generous hosts - we even fitted in a few dances - as they say “someone has to do it !”

The visit would not have been possible without the generosity of our hosts the Regnitztaler, and we thank them all and particularly their Chairman, Manfred Weißhaar.  They provided accommodation - and indeed, arranged everything else, during our visit.  We also thank the Bamberg Council for receiving us during the visit and thank their representative [and Ragnitztaler member] H. Bertram Weißhaar.  We are very grateful and look forward to returning their outstanding hospitality.

Further details can be obtained from:- John Frearson -