A charter from the king of the Franks, but also the emperor of the Roman Empire, Louis the Pious, mentions the existence of ‘Decla’ in 821 or 822, eight years after depending on the provisional or definitive appointment of the emperor. Due to corona, the party could not take place last year, so the 190-counting population had to gather on Wednesday evening. No less than half of the population accepted the invitation of the Executive Council present.
The attendees were unexpectedly treated to an extra challenge on Wednesday evening. The mayor asked if it was possible to compose a group photo over the next 1,200 seconds with residents with a total age of 1,200 years, with at least one person from each age group ten years old. Within ten minutes, well within the time limit, the job was done. “The residents have always been strong in Dikkele,” said mayor Bruno Tuybens (voorZwalm).