Warm Geordie ‘Velkommen’ to young Norwegian visitors

Nowegian visitors at the Rising Sun Countryside Farm at Benton (left to right) Phoebe Doyle-Davies, Rikard Reitan, Moeen Khan.'REF 0208134476
Nowegian visitors at the Rising Sun Countryside Farm at Benton (left to right) Phoebe Doyle-Davies, Rikard Reitan, Moeen Khan.'REF 0208134476

Young European visitors have been enjoying a taste of life in North Tyneside as well as seeing what is on offer.

A group of 11 young Norwegians from the small island of Smola are spending a week in the borough to sample traditional ‘Geordie Culture’.

They were given a taste of food made famous in the borough, including stottie cakes, as well as visited a number of stunning locations.

The group are taking part in an exchange visit where they met up with young people from the borough’s youth council who visited them last year to learn about Norwegian culture and sustainable energy.

Young Mayor Isaac Sidney, who welcomed the visitors last Friday at the Rising Sun Country Park, said: “This is a really exciting exchange and we are really looking forward to welcoming our Norwegian friends to our home borough and letting them experience what it’s like living in a vibrant, busy area that’s very different from their remote island with only 2,000 inhabitants.”

Throughout their visit the young people are living at Beacon Hill School in Wallsend along with members of the youth council and the council’s participation and engagement team.

During their week the group visited Tynemouth Priory and village, Beamish Museum, Amble, the Rising Sun Country Park and the MetroCentre.

Activities also lined up included raft building, orienteering, swimming, volleyball, football, rounders and shopping.