Success for youth exchange with Weston-super-Mare's twin city

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 May 2017

Hildesheim Youth Exchange programme welcome party. Food was donated by Popadoms in Milton Road.

Hildesheim Youth Exchange programme welcome party. Food was donated by Popadoms in Milton Road.

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Students from German city Hildesheim were treated to a host of British culture as part of Weston's youth exchange programme - and even enjoyed a quiz around the town.

The Weston and Hildesheim Youth Exchange has been running since 2003 and as well as a trip to London, the youngsters were treated to a quiz organised by North Somerset Council’s chairman John Crockford-Hawley.

This enabled them to learn about the town while exploring Weston, as well as be taught about its history.

Weston and Hildesheim have been twin towns since 1983 and now host this project to allow teenagers to experience the other city.

Debbie Stone, leader of the youth exchange programme in Weston, told the Mercury the group of students were ‘fantastic’ and enjoyed the various trips across the country and to the capital.

She said: “They had a brilliant 
time and managed to pack a lot in to their trip.

“They had dinner with Weston’s mayor and his wife. They got to visit Stonehenge and even went to Airhop which they absolutely loved.

“The quiz around Weston was a great success and I think they really enjoyed their time here.

“It really is a great programme and the group this time around were fantastic.

“They make friends for life and meet people who they would not normally get to meet.”

Now, the programme is looking for students, aged 13-17 to take part in the exchange to go to Hildesheim during October half term later this year.

For more information, contact 
Debbie on debbiestone67@btinternet.com or on 01934 429036.

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