STRANGE BUT TRUE

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

MAN­AGERS of a Ger­man nurs­ing home be­gan to panic when they couldn’t find a pair of el­derly friends any­where on the grounds.

Po­lice later dis­cov­ered the men “dis­ori­ented and dazed” – at a heavy metal fes­ti­val.

The uniden­ti­fied pals left the home in the ru­ral Dith­marschen dis­trict and likely hitch­hiked and took pub­lic tran­sit to travel 25 miles to the Wacken Open Air fes­ti­val near Ham­burg.

The head­bangers’ event is touted as the big­gest metal fes­ti­val in the world.

The two men, nabbed be­fore dawn Satur­day, were dis­ap­pointed to miss the last day of the fes­ti­val, which be­gan Thurs­day.

But they were sent back to the home in a taxi – es­corted by a pa­trol car.

“We had to ex­plain to them why they had to go home,” Itze­hoe po­lice spokesman Peter Berndt said. “But in the end, they went back vol­un­tar­ily.”

Fes­ti­val organisers loved their es­capade and paid homage to the aging met­al­heads “be­cause you’re never too old to rock.”

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