Magna Chief Swaps Business Suit For Lederhosen

The chief executive of Magna has swapped his business suit for lederhosen – all in the name of charity.

The event featuring German lagers, frankfurters and an Oompah band, is thought to be the biggest Oktoberfest in South Yorkshire, with 2,000 people expected to attend over two nights.

John said: “I couldn’t expect people to turn up in traditional outfits and not do so myself. So I decided I should get into the spirit of the event.

“It will be a fun night out with the Oompah band, party games and guest appearances from current and former Miss South Yorkshires,” said John. “But we also thought it was a good chance to raise a bit of money for charity as well and these are both such worthwhile causes.”

Organisers will be selling lederhosen printed T-shirts before and during the event to help raise money for the charities. There will be other fundraising activities on during the weekend.

The two-day event will run on Friday October 3 from 6pm to midnight, and Saturday October 4 from 5pm to midnight, with tickets starting at just £5. There will be special buses running between Magna, Meadowhall and Rotherham town centre for people who want to leave the car at home.

If revellers fancy getting dressed up they can get out their own lederhosen and traditional outfits and there will be a fancy dress competition and prizes for the best dressed.

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Magna has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

It is housed in the former Templeborough steel works which were built during World War One and shut in 1993. They remained derelict until being transformed in 2001.

As well as being a corporate and events venue, Magna, which is near junction 34 of the M1, is also an award-winning visitor attraction.

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