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A German jig marks Morris link to past

MCHG 12-813   Leipzig Morris, in white, mixed with Wicket Brood at the Paper Mill public house, Apsley.   In the foreground is Roswitha Lamb who originates from Leipzig.

MCHG 12-813 Leipzig Morris, in white, mixed with Wicket Brood at the Paper Mill public house, Apsley. In the foreground is Roswitha Lamb who originates from Leipzig.

A woman who left East Germany during the Cold War to be with her British husband has been reunited with her Germanic past – thanks to Morris dancing.

Roswitha Lamb, of Crabtree Close, left the city of Leipzig in the German Democratic Republic in 1975 and set up home with her husband Bernard in Hemel Hempstead.

In 2010 the Morris group Wicket Brood, of which she is a member, travelled to Leipzig, and neighbouring Colditz, to perform with their German counterparts the Leipzig Morris Group.

Now the Leipzig group has visited the UK, performing with the Wicket Brood outside the Paper Mill pub in Apsley on Saturday morning.

Both groups then went on to perform outside the Tower of London and the Cutty Sark in Greenwich during the weekend.

Roswitha said: “Can you imagine how important it was for me to connect with where I came from?

“Bernard and I got married in East Germany but it took us two years to get permission.

“We were interviewed by the Stasi, it was a very difficult time. It then took half a year to get permission to leave. Going to England was like I’d never get to go back.

“I was so amazed when I arrived in England, everything was so different to East Germany.

“Now England is my real home, I’ve lived here longer than I lived in Germany.”

Until she retired last year, Roswitha had worked at the town’s hospital for 35 years.

When she came to England, Roswitha left behind her parents and two brothers in the GDR.

 

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