30 YEARS OF TWINNING

A CIVIC visit by a German group, called off amid fears of terrorist attacks, will finally go ahead this week.

The trip to Glenrothes by a 15-strong party from Boblingen is part of the delayed 30th anniversary celebrations of the twin town link.

It was originally scheduled for last October but was called off at the eleventh hour in the wake of the September atrocities in America.

The visitors and their Glenrothes hosts are now determined to make up for lost time with a packed programme of events during the four-day visit, which starts on Friday.

It will include a reception at Fife House, hosted by council convener, Tom Dair, and a ceilidh at Balgeddie House Hotel, where the party will be staying.

The trip will also coincide with a German film festival, funded through the National Lottery and staged at Glenrothes High School on Saturday and a visit to the Riverside Park Arboretum, where 30 lime trees were planted to mark each year of the link last autumn.

The German party will be led by Oberburgermeister, Alexander Vogelsgang, and his assistant, Michel Beck, and is being elcomed by Glenrothes Town Twinning Association.

Chairman, John Vaughan, said: ''We will also have the German consul, Herr Lowes, coming over from Edinburgh on Saturday for lunch and the ceilidh.

''Then on Monday, we are going to get Councillor Dair or his deputy, Andrew Paterson, to join the mayor to plant a tree.

''At the same time, all 24 schools in the Glenrothes area will be planting a tree.''

''That's nothing to do with the twinning link, but in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee and we got the funding for that through the Millennium Commission and the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland.''

The film festival starts at 10 a.m. and includes the 1920 horror classic 'The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari', the offbeat feature 'Beyond Silence' and four Scottish-made shorts.