STUDENTS from Reading's twinned city of Dusseldorf have come to the UK for a three week stay.

Nine women from the Lore-Lorentz-Schule arrived in Reading on Saturday for a chance to take on a unique work experience placement.

They will be working with a host of organisations across the town including The University of Reading, Reading College, Hilton Reading and the borough council.

Robert Dimmick, chairman of the Reading Dusseldorf Association, said: “We are delighted to continue the link with the Lore-Lorentz-Schule and to help young people to get to know Reading and practise their English – which is already very good.

"We are very grateful to all the employers who are providing placements, and also to the host families."

Reading Buses offered each of them free transport for the duration of their stay.

At the end of their stay the pupils will give a presentation to Reading's Mayor Rose Williams in her parlour.

The association between Reading and Dusseldorf dates back to 1946 when then Mayor of Reading, Phoebe Cusden launched an appeal to help the German city recover at the end of the Second World War.