When the maypole comes down:
Erpel's bachelors cut down their beech tree
Newspaper "Unkeler Reporter" Nr. 23 from June 6th, 2002

Experts cut down the tree

For four weeks the large beech tree had been decorating the parking lot in front of Erpel's Neutor. The same goes for all the villages for Unkel's community of villages: Once the merry month of May is over the bachelors' associations remove the maypoles again. In Erpel this is done exactly one day after May's end: the bachelors cut down the maypole with a chain saw. Using extensive expertise brings the tree down in its predetermined position on the ground. Quite naturally this has to be celebrated accordingly!

Text and photo: RÖDER