MIDLOTHIAN provost Joe Wallace has welcomed the visit of 33 German high school students to the region.
The students from Kreis Heinsberg, an area in the western district of Cologne, was twinned with Midlothian in 1973, which proved to be a point of interest for the teenagers during a recent field trip.
While the provost admitted his German wasn’t quite up to scratch, many of the 17 and 18-year-old visitors spoke in near-perfect English.
Councillor Wallace said: “The teenagers were here to find out more about how maths and physics are taught in Scotland.
“We managed to have a great chat about our twinning with Heinsberg as well as how they are finding our wonderful country.
“Meeting young people like these students is a great opportunity for us to broaden our horizons and forge strong ties with other countries and cultures.”