German children wax lyrical about Weston
The first image of idyllic English seaside resorts generations of German school children will learn about is... Weston-super-Mare.
The North Somerset resort is famed the world over for its donkeys and piers, but even its greatest fans would admit it is not the quaintest or most picturesque of seaside towns.
But thanks to a song written about its considerable charms it will be used to teach Germans about British seaside resorts.
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Paul Hobbs, 63, wrote the song (It's Summer) Welcome to Weston in 2011 in a bid to highlight the attractions on offer.
The song, which features lyrics about the Grand Pier, donkeys, the beach and the Playhouse and Winter Gardens, was a hit locally and featured on many local tourism websites.
It also received high praise from the resort's MP John Penrose, was played to councillors at a North Somerset Council meeting and featured on the Weston Town Council website.
Now, after stumbling across the song on YouTube, leading German publisher of English coursebooks for schools in Germany, Cornelsen Schulverlage, is to feature the song in a new book about seaside resorts around the world.
The song will be accompanied by a CD of the music video and feature in 5,000 books published later this year.
Bosses at the publishing firm contacted Mr Hobbs, a semi-retired advertising manager who lives in the town, to ask if the song could feature in the new book.
Mr Hobbs said: "I wrote the song initially to promote Weston-super-Mare and it was very well received."
Stefan Hohne from the publishers said the idea of the book was to teach German children about seaside resorts.
Mr Hohne said: "Our aim is to convey to German schoolchildren a sense of what a typical British seaside town is like and we thought Weston-super-Mare was a good example. We were delighted to find this song which conveys a lot of the atmosphere of an English seaside resort.
"I am sure they will enjoy singing it."
And Mr Hohne said the song could even result in more tourists from Germany.
He added: "Experience has shown students like to visit places featured in our schoolbooks."
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