Teenagers join forces for war graves clean-up
TEENAGERS from Staffordshire and Germany have been celebrating the end of a two-week programme of activities promoting peace and friendship.
The partnership has seen young people team up with the Royal British Legion to help tend the German war graves on Cannock Chase.
They have also had the chance to learn more about the history of the Second World War and have joined in with a ceremony of remembrance. The ceremony included a performance by the Heersmusikkorps2, a German military band, and was followed by a free music concert in Stafford.
Sixteen and 17-year-olds from across Staffordshire have been working alongside their counterparts from Bremen on the project.
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It is the latest event in a 50-year partnership between the two countries, which was established to explore ways of promoting peace and reconciliation.
Now Staffordshire County Council is looking at how it can build on the international friendship in future years.
Councillor Pat Corfield, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: "This visit really highlights the value of young people working together, regardless of where they are from."