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In a way, you could say that, several times a day, most Germans have a little bit of Loksted in their living rooms: news program- mes are recorded and produced here in the studios of the Nord- deutscher Rundfunk. Lokstedt is one of nine districts in Hamburg‘s borough of Eimsbüttel and has a population of more than 25,000. It first appears in records as early as 1110. A farming village with a small number of artisans, it soon became a residential area for some of the wealthier citizens of nearby Hamburg. n the middle of the 19th century, the pubs and inns of Loksted were so popular that the Danish court introduced bans to limit the excessive celebrations. The Danish rule over Lokstedt only ended in 1866. In 1891, Lokstedt was the first Ger- man village to have electric street lighting. In 1937 it was incor- porated into Hamburg. Lokstedt remains a relatively autonomous place to this day: the inhabitants of this part of town are all served by the local large electric power station (since 1905), water works (since 1910) and gas works (since 1911), which are all extremely efficient and can easily supply the neighbouring Niendorf and Schnelsen, too. Built in 1911, the neogothic water tower is one of ele- ven such towers still remaining in Ham- burg. It is the high- est building in that part of the city and has been used for residential purposes since 1984 Lokstedt Kirsten Kaiser, Head of Accounting I { 43 } DES ANNUAL REPORT 2012 SHOPPING My Hamburg