Nelson welcomes German exchange visitors

Visitors from Marl, Nicole Peters and Lena Kunkel pictured in Nelson with Joanne Eccles.
Visitors from Marl, Nicole Peters and Lena Kunkel pictured in Nelson with Joanne Eccles.

Two German visitors arrived in Pendle from our twin town Marl in very different ways. One came here by plane – and the other on her motorbike!

And they have both been studying in the area and chatting to lots of people. They both have excellent English language.

Nicole Peters is the biker. She explained: “I’ve been here since Wednesday last week. I came on by motorbike. I came on the boat to Hull and came along the single travel roads – a scenic route.”

Lena Kunkel came by plane and said: “I wanted to take on office work experience here in Pendle.” So she has been working in an office at Nelson Town Hall this week, and next week she will be moving across to Number One Market Street for more experience. “I’m enjoying it,” she said.

Nicole originally visited Pendle in 1996 and spent eight weeks here. She visited the Leader Times Office back then. She has had an active time now – she’s been to the Blues Festival in Colne and said: “It was very good!” But she has also been up Pendle Hill.

She is studying an MA in labour psychology and said: “I’m interviewing people here on how they experience with change procedures.”

Joanne Eccles, Pendle Twinning Committee’s administrator, has been involved in sorting the visits for Nicole and Lena, and said: “It has been pleasant to meet them – they speak such wonderful English. It’s great we have such a good relationship with our twin town of Marl.” And Lena expressed thanks for the support Joanne had provided for them.