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Plattling youth in town for an exchange week

Selkirk High School pupils with pupils of Platting, the twinned town of Selkirk.

Selkirk High School pupils with pupils of Platting, the twinned town of Selkirk.

Fourteen German schoolchildren and two teachers arrived from Selkirk’s twin town of Plattling for an exchange at the High School this week.

It’s the third time Bavarian pupils have travelled here to learn about the life of Selkirk’s teenagers, who will then make a return trip to Plattling in June next year.

The group flew in late on Tuesday and a team of town volunteers have organised a packed programme until they depart on Sunday, having stayed each night at the Heatherlie House Hotel.

Teacher Paul Sampson masterminded their two days at the High School, learning how to country dance, and make shortbread. Yesterday, Ettrick Forest Archers demonstrated the ancient sport using bow and arrow.

A tour of the Scottish Parliament and the Dynamic Earth today (Friday) will be followed by a music session with John Nichol, while a Scottish-Bavarian evening featuring Dere Street, and pipers Grant Munro and James Gill, has been organised for tomorrow evening.

Organiser of the exchange Rob Duff told us: “Young people are the future of the twinning.

“The kick I get is so many people working together.”

 

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