Two Warwick teenagers have agreed to join this summer’s international youth camp in a German town infamous for a massacre in the Middle Ages.
Eliot Mucklow, aged 17, who is a student at Warwickshire College, and Guy Boucher, aged 18, of Myton School, will travel to Verden, on the River Aller, which is today better known for its fine cathedral and reputation for horse breeding.
But back in 782, the historic town - which is twinned with Warwick - was the scene of the massacre of 4,500 Saxons on the orders of the Emperor Charlemagne.
Both young men have been chosen to represent Warwick at this August’s camp which is partly dedicated to practical work laying out a community riverside volleyall park and partly towards building more European friendships and understanding.
At the moment two other spaces are still available to those living within the Warwick postcode.
Guy, who is currently studying German at A-level, said: “As well as being able to develop my language skills I’d like to participate in a volunteering activity over the summer and do something positive with my time. I’d also like the chance to make new friends from both home and abroad.”
Eliot, who is studying sociology, said: “I see this as a great opportunity - not only will I visit Verden but the fact that I took part might help me to progress on to university as it should look good on my UCAS form.”
Altogether the boys will work alongside eight German students - four from Warwick’s other twin town of Saumur - along with four Italians and four French students.
Deputy mayor Cllr Mandy Littlejohn, who is keen to maintain cultural links through twinning, said: “We are still interested in hearing from others who might be interested in this free working holiday from August 7 until the 23.”
To find out more ring the town clerk Derek Maudlin on 411694.