South Tyneside youngsters enjoy French connection

Youngsters Kate Palmer, Willow Simons, Molly Williamson, Kieron Charlton and Lucy Bell, with Coun Allan Kerr, Gerald Humphries and Sarah Goodwin,.
Youngsters Kate Palmer, Willow Simons, Molly Williamson, Kieron Charlton and Lucy Bell, with Coun Allan Kerr, Gerald Humphries and Sarah Goodwin,.

South Tyneside youngsters have been flying the flag for European relations by taking part in a youth exchange in Paris.

Eight young people from Friends Against Bullies and Making A Great Important Change (Magic) groups spent five days in the French capital as a result of the borough being twinned with the French towns of Noisy-le-Sec and Epinay.

During their stay they spent time with young people from both France and Germany.

The young people enjoyed a range of activities, including a picnic in the Tuileries Garden in Paris, a boat trip on the River Seine and a visit to an exhibition at the Cité des Sciences.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader with responsibility for democratic renewal, said: “This visit highlights the very real benefits town twinning brings to our young people and those from overseas.

“These exchanges bring them together so that they can sample life in a different country and learn from one another.”

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families, added: “Exchanges such as these help to broaden the horizons of our young people by allowing them to try new activities and experiences and meeting new people as well as building their personal confidence.”

One of the young people, Kate Palmer from Friends Against Bullies, who has just returned from the trip added: “Paris was amazing. I loved meeting everyone from Epinay and Oberursel. I can’t wait to go again.”