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Feb 16, 2008

Interview With (JSO) Linda Custers Mother, Nelly

Interview With Nelly Custers Hegger
(Linda Custers Mother from the JSO)

The continuation of the article of February 2nd in the regional newspaper "De Limburger"
De Limburger, 8 February 2008
Picture: Nelly in her sewing studio
Nelly Custers-Hegger (59) from Borgharen is in her daily life by profession a dress maker, permanently employed by Andre Rieu.

Why have you been elected as carnival celebrater of 2008?
Because I am always working on carnival. It is so important for me. I never want to miss it. It is relaxing and with my experience I can design the nicest costumes. That is the advantage, and I live for that almost every day of the year.
Every day of the year?
Yes, it sounds bizarre. My ideas pop up spontaneously. then I have to work on it immediately. I already know what I'll wear on the first two carnival days of 2009. I'll start on it as soon as possible.
Can you give us a hint?
Okay, a little one. It has something to do with fortune telling, I will not say any more. It has to stay a secret.
Was your 2008 outfit a success?
Every day I was something else, but I loved the webcam granny the most. I see my grandchild in the USA only via webcam. People reacted wonderful to the outfit.
Did you receive nice comments from André Rieu?
Of course, we have a good rapport with each other. He thinks my outfits are colossal.
In what lays the pride of Maastricht?
The coziness, the way people get along with each other during carnival. We can enjoy a wonderful street carnival, which totally absorbs me, and I enjoy it very much.
What is Maastricht missing?
The attainability and availability of parking places which has really been reduced. I have to park my car in a way too expensive parking garage. That is ridiculous.
Who do you like to date?
Prince Richard the First of course. I'd like to drink a glass of wine with him. It would be nice for me to evaluate this year's carnival with him. Maybe the anecdotes will roll across the table.
Ugliest place in Maastricht?
A building near the Inner Harbor "t Bassin". I heard they are going to change that.
Most beautiful place in Maastricht?
The "Onze Lieve Vrouweplein". Previously I used to visit that square almost every Sunday to have a drink on a terrace. Nowadays I do not have time to do that any more, much to my regret.
Biggest wish?
That my son, daughter-in-law and their new born baby who live in the States, can come one time to celebrate Carnival in Maastricht. I only see them normally twice a year.
Thank you Ruud and Ineke for sending this and the translation!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you,Sue for posting Ineke and Ruud's translation of the interview with Nelly. I love to read any article or interview about people who are in any way connected with Andre and the J.S.O.
It's also great for us 'Downunder' to have an insight into the lives and customs of the people of the Netherlands.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I forgot to leave my name on the above comment.
Bernadette

Alice, Canada said...

I knew some JSO member's mother has been helping with the beautiful gown but didn't know which one...until now! With a pair of glasses, Linda would look just like her mom.....What a lovely mother-and-daughter team!

Anonymous said...

Very nice to see my cousin doing a great job,a job she loves.
Frank Beckers.
Melbourne.

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