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Sayōnara to Japanese visitors

There were farewell tears as Boston's visitors from exchange city Hakusan in Japan left for home after their ten-day stay.

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The group, with Boston host families, enjoying a day out at Belton House.

They had packed a lot into their visit to Lincolnshire including trips to Lincoln, a tour of Belton House and gardens, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park (formerly the Parrot Zoo), kayaking on The River Witham, archery with Friskney Bowmen, ten-pin bowling and fish and chips at the seaside in Skegness.

After a night in London they set off for an 11-hour flight to Tokyo.

The focus for the Exchange now switches to organising the return trip to Hakusan City  next July when students from here will then be hosted by Japanese families.

Thanks have been extended to everyone who helped make the Japan UK Homestay such a success, particularly the staff and helpers at each of the venues visited for their kindness and generosity.

Thanks also to Boston Aerodrome for allowing use of their grounds for the farewell party attended by the Mayor of Boston and for the barbecue provided by Dunmores Catering. The cup cakes donated by Shepherds Bakery, the salads provided by the Boston Market stallholders and the salads gifted by Fesa were enjoyed by all. Thanks also to Maudes Jewellers for a very welcome £50 donation.

If you would like to support the Exchange with fundraising gifts and donations, or have any questions, please contact The Hakusan City Exchange by e-mail at bhcexchange@outlook.com

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Boston Canoe Club played hosts to the Japanese visitors when 62 had fun on the water.

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Gifts were presented by the Mayor of Boston to all students and chaperones. Pictured are Tom Caldwell one of the three UK Chaperones (an IT Teacher at Boston Grammar School) with Hakusan council officer and chaperone Tomoyuki Tamochi and Mayor Cllr Stephen Woodliffe.