A CAMPAIGNING couple from North Petherton were definitely in tandem when they completed a 140-mile bike ride to Copenhagen.

Peter and Rowena Merson, both supporters of Christian Aid, arrived in the Danish capital last Saturday on a tandem to join the climate change protests.

The pair, both in their 50s, were joined by around 30 others but were the only ones to complete the trip on a bicycle made for two.

Vet Peter said: “It was a terrific route for us, gently undulating. We have had huge fun on the tandem - the conditions were perfect for hunting down the solo bikes in the group.”

The couple made the gruelling trip as a way of highlighting the effects of climate change in developing countries.

Rowena said: “We have both been involved in voluntary work which brings us into contact with the effects of climate change - famines, droughts and so on.

“Things are getting worse and it is partly because of our western way of life. We need to do something about it.”

Also in the city for the summit meeting was anti-nuclear campaigner Crispin Aubrey from Nether Stowey who helped to hand in a 50,000-signature petition against nuclear power.