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Unique Boston view for Hakusan visitors

Visitors from Boston's exchange city in Japan had a whale of a time when they took to the water thanks to Boston Canoe Club.

The teenagers from Hakusan were able to view Boston from the unique aspect of the river as they had a go at paddling their own canoes... and kayaks.

During their visit the Japanese party and their hosts met the Mayor, Cllr Judith Skinner, in the council chamber where they enjoyed a talk and viewing of the borough regalia.

Other activities arranged for them included a day of art, swimming and sport arranged by Giles Academy, a tour, cookery and lunch at Boston Girls' High School, teaching Japanese to young pupils at Tower Road Academy, an afternoon at Play Towers and a show at Blackfriars Arts, a visit to the We'll Meet Again Second Wortld War Museum at Freiston, traditional fish and chips at Tates, Burghley House at Stamford and Lincoln and bell ringing and a climb up the tower at Boston Stump.

They then enjoyed a farewell party attended by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Yvonne Stevens, in the scorching summer weather in the garden at Fydell House.

There has been an exchange visit relationship between Boston and Hakusan for the past 23 years.

Next year young ambassadors from here will go to Hakusan.

Organisers thanked the many local schools, academies and businesses supporting The Exchange and making the July 2018 UK Homestay such a success, in particular all the staff and helpers at Giles and Tower Academies - in particular Gary Wright and Phill Bashford; staff, head teachers and governors at High School, Boston College and Boston Grammar; The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and their officers; Play Towers for their kind hospitality; Blackfriars for organising a workshop; for the World War Two Museum for opening especially for them and postponing their other plans; Tates Fish'n'Chips; Boston Canoe Club; Fesa Fruits Spalding for some wonderful donated fresh fruit and Boston Market Stall Holders. Thank also to sponsors and supporters, including Sasakawa Foundation, Graeme at Inkonimical Boston; Morrison's Pinchbeck; Howdens Joinery; B&M Stores Boston and to all those that gave use of their facilities for various events. A particular thanks to the caretaker at Fydell House who was a little late locking up!

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 Japanese visitors to Boston and their hosts get a river's eye view of Boston.

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The Hakusan City Exchange group give a typically Japanese indication of their happiness to be here. They are pictured in the council chamber with the Mayor, Cllr Judith Skinner, Mayor's Consort Cllr Paul Skinner, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Yvonne Stevens.

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A farewell dance performance by the visitors from Hakusan in the garden at Fydell House.

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Deputy Mayor Cllr Yvonne Stevens, fourth from left, picured with the Hakusan City Exchange Chairmen Clare Atkin-Palmer and Steve Jacobs presented the UK and Japanese Students with a souvenir folder and gifts in memory of their stay in Boston.