A car park near the hotel provided a good place to practice.
Minden Rose - colourful even out of kit.
We drew an audience from passers by and local shops.
And the sun shone
The Wain for 14
And now we are ready to give our best.
Lunchtime and a chance to walk into the town, crossing the river Weser.
The Schiffmuele - one of many historic mills around Minden.
As we sat in the sunshine enjoying a quiet lunch, the Royal Engineers and their German counterparts launched into a rehearsal of bridge building with their amphibious vehicles. It started with a splash!
Moving into position
It's amazing what a 3-man crew can do
Talking to a German officer afterwards
And so, our first performance. The local children were keen to join in before we'd started!
The first set was on the stage - which was a bit tight but the smaller dances looked good.
What a band!
Mrs Hepple gets her only outing of the trip
Another band spot while the dancers regroup
The Rose "mit Tiger"
Some of the street theatre people join in
Refreshments for the band
Second spot on the stage for the official opening of the Gourmet Mile, and we formed a backdrop for the Mayor making the speeches.
Down by the Dom (Cathedral) the street theatre went on
Food time from the Minden barbecue
Large chunks of Ox are very welcome
The Minden Band of the Queens Division march through the Cathedral square.
The band perform for the invited guests
More street theatre
Eating, drinking, hiding from the rain
We bamce very friendly with this mime artist over the weekend
Mime artist joins the Minden Band on stage
The girl running this mouse lottery had an amazing bilingual patter
A band on stage as we headed back to our hotel
Great lighting effects
The Weser from the suspension footbridge by night - rather more peaceful than when the military were bridging it!
And so to bed (OK, a few beers first)