Foreign friends come to play

The brass band from Hungary.

The brass band from Hungary.

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Midlothian’s friendships with Heinsberg in Germany and Komarom-Esztergom in Hungary will be celebrated at two free concerts this week.

The concerts are tomorrow (Thursday, October 15) at Penicuik High School and on Saturday at Lasswade High School. Both start at 7pm.

Provost Joe Wallace said: “Midlothian’s links with Komarom – Esztergom and Kreis Heinsberg started in 1973 and since then many thousands of people have taken part in exchange visits.

“Forging these close ties is a fantastic opportunity to learn about different cultures and societies, brush up on our languages and also make new friends.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the groups from both areas.”

Performing will be the Tatabanya Show Dancers, the brass band from Mogyorósbánya and accordionist Demeniv Mihály, all from Hungary. From Kreis Heinsberg, there will be the Big Band, from Geilenkirchen, with the Youth Choir from Hünshoven; and Beilage Extra Cappella from the town of Heinsberg. Local musicians performing at the Penicuik concert are Penicuik Pipe Band, Penicuik Silver Band and Penicuik Cappella Singers. At Lasswade, local entertainers will include Loanhead Guitar Club and the Lasswade High School dancers.

The concerts are part of a week-long visit by the groups, who will also perform in a home for the elderly. To reserve tickets for either concert call 0131 271 3162.