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Japanese visitors make whistle-stop visit

Visitors from Boston's friendship town in Japan were welcomed to town by Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny and Mayoress Mrs Pam Kenny on Friday (July 5).

Mayor of Hakusan Hiroaki Sakuno and Mayor of Boston Cllr Paul Kenny share a joke during the reception for the Japanese visitors at Municipal Buildings. They exchanged gifts, a plaque portraying the borough crest for Mr Sakuno and a tie and traditional Japanese ceremonial drum for Cllr Kenny

The party from Hakusan paid a whistle-stop visit on their way from Raunheim, their friendship town in Germany.

After enjoying tea with the Mayor and Mayoress, Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Paul Goodale and Mrs Angie Goodale and guests they were shown the civic regalia. The party included the Mayor of Hakusan, Mr Hiroaki Sakuno, head councillor of Hakusan City Council, Mr Katsuyuki Okamoto, Manager of Secretarial Division (city employee) Mr Hiroshi Fukuda, tour conductor Mr Tatsuo Matsuda and interpreter Mrs Yoko Garg.

Also in attendance were Hakusan Project representatives including students who will enjoy an exchange trip to Hakusan this year.

On Saturday they enjoyed a guided tour of the Guildhall and Boston Stump before travelling on to London.