Young people from South Tyneside have been getting a taste of life in Germany.
They have been taking part in a cultural exchange with the borough’s twin town of Wuppertal.
Nine members of South Tyneside’s Young People’s Parliament are spending five days in Wuppertal, taking part in a range of cultural activities.
One of the highlights of their stay will be a ride on Wuppertal’s world-renowned suspension railway, the Schwebebahn.
The young people will also be given a guided tour of the Landtag in Dusseldorf – the parliament of North Rhine – by Wolfgang Jorg, the deputy of the Parliament and spokesman for youth politics.
The group will share ideas on how to encourage young people to have a greater involvement in politics.
Councillor Alan Kerr, deputy leader with responsibility for Democratic Renewal, said: “South Tyneside has a long and proud history of successful town twinning projects.
“This is a prime example of how people from different cultures and countries can share experiences and knowledge to learn from one another.”
During their exchange, the young people will also have an opportunity to go to a climbing park in an area of outstanding natural beauty and try canoeing.
Councillor Joan Atkinson, lead Member for Children, Families and Young People, added: “These exchanges give our young people the opportunity to make new friendships and try out fresh experiences which help build both their horizons and their personal confidence.”