Carolyn II. – Oberursel’s (English-speaking) Fountain Queen

With the annual fountain festival (Brunnenfest) starting this evening, it is time to catch up on some news from March – Oberursel’s new fountain queen.

It was on Saturday, 29th March, 2014, that the closely guarded secret of who would succeed Annabel I. as the town’s Brunnenkönigin.

Carolyn Wilkinson is only 18 years old, but she has lived in Oberursel since she was born.  A past pupil of Frankfurt International School, she is currently doing a voluntary year at the Hohe Mark clinic before she starts a degree course, which co-incidentally is where “her” fountain will be this year.

She will be assisted by her Brunnenmeister Harald Pratt, 63 years old, who works for a tunnelling company.

Harald and Carolyn II.

Harald and Carolyn II.

Both of them are heavily involved in the town’s carnival movement, with Carolyn not only having been in Frohsinn’s both the dance troupe and the brass band, she now trains others there.  So much so, that she even trained the dancers for her own coronation!

Harald is involved both in the Frohsinn club but also in the carnival club in Bommersheim.

Now both are looking forward to experiencing the carnival season from a different angle, and hope to visit one of Oberursel’s twin towns during the year.  As luck would have it, Rushmoor would probably be a good choice as Carolyn is bi-lingual, with English her second language.

The evening was as always split between the old and new fountain queens.  Annabel took a moment to review her year, helped by her collection of shoes that she had worn, including her now infamous green wellington boots.

She took a moment to address the town’s politicians, telling them “it is not that the people don’t care about their town, but you have to look after them.”

For Carolyn and Harald, the carnival dancers from both Frohsinn and Bommersheim put on a show unlike they had ever done before – and danced together as once troupe!

And all that was left to do was for Mayor Hans-Georg Brum to wish her well and hope for good weather for the festival this weekend.  Soon we will know whether she had that wish fulfilled.  Either that, or which colour the wellington boots are this year.   Hellau!


About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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