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International Hanseatic Day

International Hanseatic Day will be marked in Boston on Saturday with a medieval procession through to Boston Stump at noon.

The Knights of Skirbeck medieval re-enactment group will add to the atmosphere and the four members of Boston's Youth Hanse will join the procession to lay flowers on the tomb of Wisselus Smalenburg, a Hanseatic merchant who died in Boston in the early 14th century.

There will be a stand and tent outside the Stump from 10am to 3pm and everyone is invited to join in the celebration. International Hanseatic Day celebrates both the prosperous past and the exciting future opportunities that lie in the trading and cultural links between the towns and cities that make up the Hanseatic League.

Boston rejoined the Hanseatic League last year, after a 700-year absence. Boston was a warehousing site and trading partner with Hanseatic League countries in medieval times and owed much of its early prosperity to the trade it enjoyed from across the North Sea.

It joins 183 towns and cities including King's Lynn, Kingston upon Hull, Aberdeen and other members from Belarus, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden in the Die Hanse, the modern-day Hanseatic League.