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Boston bowmen hit the bullseye in Laval

Boston's eagle-eyed and steady-handed archers have brought the Valentine Cup home with them from France.

The archers from Pilgrim Bowmen hit the target to beat their friends in Laval. The Valentine Cup was donated by the late Alderman Cyril Valentine, who was instrumental in starting the twinning with Laval in 1958.

The visiting group from Boston also included five members of Boston Gymnastics Academy and others who no longer take part in sports but maintain their French friendships.

The gymnasts had been invited by the Gymnastics Club of Bourny in Laval with a view to starting an exchange between the two clubs.

2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the twinning and arrangements are already in hand to celebrate this momentous event both in Laval and Boston. Boston International Committee is justifiably proud of the age of the twinning; one of the oldest in England.

As well as sport, the French hosts were keen to ensure that their English guests were royally entertained. Part of this was a day trip to Futuroscope, near Poitiers. This is an amazing theme park, loosely based on cinemas showing short films in 4D with interactive seating giving thrilling entertainment.

Anyone interested in joining in the twinning arrangements should contact Committee Chairman Ian Clayton on 01205 363976.He said: "Twinning is a brilliant way to get to know a country and its people and sport is the catalyst in that both sides have a common interest."

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Ian Clayton, chairman of Boston International Committee, receiving the Valentine Cup from Solange Brueau-Frileux, president of the Laval twinning committee.

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The group from Boston in Laval at the official reception in the town hall following presentation of the Valentine Cup.