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Open invitation to visit German 'twins'

Fancy a five-day trip to Germany later this year? The Fenland Twinning Association is inviting people to join the party that will be visiting the district of Nettetal from September 8-12.

Nettetal twinning 2012

There is room for 40 people on the luxury coach that has been booked. The cost is £100 per person (£80 for students).

The group will be led by Councillor Carol Cox, chairman of Fenland District Council.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, the association's secretary, said: "The visit is open to everyone and we'd love to take a full coachload. Everything is organised by our hosts - all you need to do is book, turn up and go.

"We're certain to get a warm welcome: the people are lovely and it's a beautiful area. Some of us have made lifelong friends through past exchanges and it'd be nice for others to do the same this time."

Julie and Roger Coulthurst from Manea will be making their third "official" visit to Nettetal. They have also stayed with their hosts three other times and keep in touch with them throughout the year.

"We have fantastic hosts and we're sure other members would echo this," said Julie. "Language is usually no problem and food is excellent. Our hosts have also visited us out of the twinning cycle. We have many happy, lasting memories and cannot wait to see them and others again."

The two districts have been linked since 1987. The exchanges take place every other year, with a group from Nettetal having last come over to Fenland in 2014. Their trip included an outing to the National Stud in Newmarket.

One of the highlights of the previous visit to Germany in 2012 was a day at the Floriade, a world-famous horticultural show held once every 10 years at Venlo in the Netherlands, just across the border from Nettetal.

·         For more details, email Cllr Cornwell at

 Article added April 22, 2016