Visitors from one of North Tyneside’s twin towns, Moenchengladbach, spent a week here as guests of North Tyneside Twin Towns Association.
The link followed initially from the twinning in the 1960s of Wallsend with Rheydt, now part of Moenchengladbach. Rheydt Avenue leads to Wallsend Sports Centre.
Since then the visits, have taken place every three years, with new members joining in both Germany and England.
Visitors stay in their friends’ houses.
On this occasion, there was visits to Whitley Bay, Hadrian’s Wall and Edinburgh, plus a tour of BBC Newcastle.
Our photo was taken at a farewell party at Percy Park Rugby Club in North Shields.
Gerti Karten, the leader of the visiting group, said: “We have had a fantastic, well-organised visit, together with our old and new friends.”
“We invite you all back to Moenchengladbach next year and hope to include a trip to a wine-growing region near Heidelberg.”