Brushing up on foreign exchange

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AN ART project’s pioneers are seeking out people to reveal details of their international connections as new work is put on show.

People from County Durham who have been on exchanges to the Kreis Wesel area of Germany are being sought to attend the unveiling of a statue in recognition of the successful 60 year partnership between the county and its German twin area of Kreis Wesel, formally known as Kreis Moers.

The event will take place to present a specially-painted, life-sized donkey to one of the county’s schools to represent the area of Germany.

The project is being organised by Durham County Council’s International Office and funded by the German Embassy’s UK-German Connection project.

Brian Stobie, the council’s international officer, said: “Youth groups, brass bands, choirs, AIDS charities and the police have all been involved in exchanges over the years and we’re hoping they can help us with a wealth of pictures and memories.”

People can send pictures and stories to: or to the International Office, County Hall, DH1 5UF.