The Royal Borough's mayor and mayoress Cllr John Lenton and Margaret Lenton had to calm their European friends' fears about Brexit when they visited Windsor and Maidenhead's twin town of Bad Godesberg in Germany.

They had brought with them a team of enthusiastic Royal Borough staff players ready to compete in a football tournament against all their twin towns - Frascati in Italy, Courtrai in Belgium and St Cloud in France as well as Bad Godesberg which had welcomed them.

But mayoress Mrs Lenton said she and her husband had been taken aback by how concerned about Brexit mayors from the other twin towns they met were.

She said: "We were asked if we would be withdrawing from the twinning arrangements and we assured them that although we were leaving the European union we definitely were not leaving Europe. Our young people need to meet their European counterparts."

Politics was forgotten though as the mayor and mayoress enjoyed trips around Bonn seeing some of its most beautiful sights including Beethoven's birth place and the town hall that used to be the Electors' palaces.

The borough's team failed to win the tournament trophy but Mrs Lenton said: "We proved the English are good at penalty shoot-outs."