Reinhard the brave

Rod Laird,  chairman of Linlithgow twinning asociation, presents Reinhard Ullmann with a quaich to commemorate his cycling achievement.
Rod Laird, chairman of Linlithgow twinning asociation, presents Reinhard Ullmann with a quaich to commemorate his cycling achievement.
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A mammoth 1000-mile cycle trip from Germany to Linlithgow came to a fizzing end this week.

Some special champagne greeted 70-year-old Reinhard Ullmann, who cycled from Pegnitz in Bavaria to the Royal Burgh.

He arrived at the canal centre on Wednesday afternoon after his cycling adventure.

The former teacher was met by the Linlithgow Twinning Association who organised the event.

Fiona Aird, a member of the association, said: “Linlithgow is twinned with Guyancourt in France which is twinned with Pegnitz.

“Over the years we have had an unofficial affiliation with the German town so we were more than happy to welcome Reinhard with open arms.

“The event was all about showing unity between these towns that are miles apart.”

Reinhard, who has cycled to all of Pegnitz’s twinned towns in France and the Czech Republic, was given a commemorative quaich for his achievement and will be taken sightseeing around Linlithgow, Falkirk and Edinburgh before heading home tomorrow (Saturday) – though not by bike this time.

He carried a letter with him from the Pegnitz mayor, Uwe Raab, which wished all Linlithgow residents well and asked for Reinhard to be returned without having drunk too much whisky.

Fiona said: “He did not have any whisky but we did crack open some French champagne given to us by the Guyancourt mayor when we visited this year.

“It seemed an appropriate occasion to open the special bottles.”