Published: 21 October 2008

The Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Mark Warfield, learns about Limburg from Lisa and Jana
The Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Mark Warfield, learns about Limburg from Lisa and Jana

Jana Ries and Lisa Weimer, both 18, and trainees with the council in Limburg, Lichfield's German twin town, have just successfully completed a two week placement in Lichfield with our local authorities.

They were made very welcome by staff at the City Council, District Council and County Council, and in addition to learning about the councils' different responsibilities, they spent a day in Lichfield's Library, Tourist Information Centre, Dr Johnson Birthplace Museum, at "Jigsaw" with North Lichfield Initiative's Community Development Team and at the Cathedral School, where they enjoyed helping the students with their German lessons.

The two girls stayed "bed and breakfast" in Lichfield; in their spare time, not only did they attend council meetings, but they were also well looked after by twinning association members, joining them to walk on Cannock Chase, to visit Lichfield Cathedral, and to watch King Edward VI School's drama production "The Crucible".

The Mayor, Councillor Mark Warfield, was delighted to welcome Jana and Lisa to Lichfield, and wished them every success with their future studies and careers. They told the Mayor how much they had enjoyed their stay here: "it was very interesting to see how you work. We met some friendly people and it was a very good experience". They are looking forward to seeing their friends, families and colleagues again, and telling them all about their visit. They hope to be able to return again soon.

For more information about Lichfield's twinning activities, contact Julie Dewhurst, the City Council's Twinning Officer, on tel: 01543 309851.