Two elderly men run away from retirement home to attend metal concert
The elderly pair went missing from their retirement home in Dithmarscher district on Friday, travelling about 40 km to Wacken Open Air, a four-day festival held near the city of Hamburg, The Washington Post reported.Updated: Aug 08, 2018 14:10 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
British rock band Jethro Tull once sang, “You’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll if you’re too young to die.” Two elderly men in Germany have proved that by running away from a retirement home to attend Wacken Open Air, arguably the world’s biggest heavy metal festival.
The pair went missing from their retirement home in Dithmarscher district on Friday, travelling about 40 km to Wacken Open Air, a four-day festival held near the city of Hamburg, The Washington Post reported.
The men, whose ages were not specified, were found at the festival at around 3 am, with police saying they were “disoriented and dazed”.
Police said officers in a patrol car spotted the men. “Their disappearance was noticed at the nursing home and their swift return there was organised after police picked them up,” the police statement said.
The Post quoted a police spokesperson as saying that the men were “thought to have made their way to the festival by foot and public transport”. However, it was unclear when they arrived in Wacken and how much time they spent at the festival.
“They were then taken to the medical tent on the festival site and were sent back by taxi at around 6.30 am,” the police spokesperson said. The men were reluctant to leave the festival, so police escorted them home with the help of a taxi and a patrol car, Deutsche Welle reported.
A photo showing other elderly people rocking out at the festival was posted on social media. The official Twitter account of Wacken reposted that photo, writing: “No discrimination of seniors... Because you’re never too old too rock (sic)”.
Wacken— which bills itself as “the Metal Mecca” — draws about 75,000 metalheads from around the world. Headline acts at this year’s festival included Judas Priest, Hatebreed, In Flames, Running Wild, Arch Enemy, In Extremo and Cannibal Corpse.
First Published: Aug 08, 2018 09:05 IST