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Feb 13, 2008


Nelly from Borgharen Elected as The Carnivals Celebrator of 2008

Article from the regional newspaper "De Limburger"
February 2nd 2008 ~ Translation by Ineke and John

Note: "Gulpen" , "Heerlen", "Bunde", "Borgharen" and "Margraten" are small towns in the southern part of the province of Limburg. Margraten is well known for the American war cemetery.
Yesterday evening, Nelly Custers-Hegger from Borgharen (she is the mother of orchestra member Linda Custers) was elected in the crowded town square of Gulpen, as "Carnival Celebrator of the year 2008".

The 59 year old resident of Borgharen received the most votes in the election of the "Limburg Alaaf" foundation (Carnival club). Dick Dijkstra from Heerlen came in second and Manon Etmans from Bunde third. Eleven people from throughout Limburg were nominated for this carnival award.

Odile Wolfs (member of the Limburg parliament) presented Nelly a copy of the bronze statue found in the Gulpen city square. Nelly also won a ten days holiday trip to Italy.
Nelly is extremely proud with the results of this election. "Fat Tuesday is something we are raised with. Carnival for me is: Changing into someone else, playing different roles, in different costumes every day, from the very beautiful to the very ugly. The last few days I have been a webcam granny, a gypsy and today I am a Valentine flower bouquet". Designing and making costumes is Nelly's profession. For years she takes care of the costumes of the André Rieu female orchestra members. Nelly also conducts carnival workshops at a primary school in Borgharen. Does not know who nominated her for the award, and thinks it might have been a person from the church choir in Margraten, in which I sing, or someone from the Borgharen Carnival's Club.

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