Hanse group shows Boston off in Bergen

The Boston Hanse contingent makes its presence known in Bergen. Students Lindsey McBarron and Sarah Colbert lead the final parade. EMN-160617-164144001
The Boston Hanse contingent makes its presence known in Bergen. Students Lindsey McBarron and Sarah Colbert lead the final parade. EMN-160617-164144001

A delegation from Boston has re-introduced the town to 185 others from across Europe to celebrate its new Hanseatic Links.

The group visited Bergen to share stories about their home towns and meet representatives of other Hanse groups.

It included four students, two from Boston College and two from Boston High School, who represented Boston at the Youth Hanse.

Janis Zegelis and Jessica Dias, from Travel and Tourism Level 2 at the college, and Molly Harrison and Andrea Pacheco, from the high school, had been chosen to visit Bergen. They were supported by Boston Big Local and their school and the college.

Boston Hanse Group chairman Sarah Colbert said she was delighted by the experiences the young people had.

They took part in activities with other young people from around Europe, shared stories about their home towns and were mentioned at the Delegates’ Conference by the Youth Hanse leader.

Fellow group member Alison Fairman said: “Eastern England is not known abroad as a place to visit, but the offers that we have – history, hiking and cycling, good food and our bird reserves to mention a few – were taken up by visitors to the exhibition and much 
interest was generated.

“We had 18-hour days, but it was all worth it, as more than 50,000 visitors came to meet the towns from Europe.”

Boston’s delegation was joined by those from King’s Lynn and Hull.

Mike Peberdy, who took Lincolnshire long wool samples, said two manufacturers from Norway and Germany were interested in the wool economy of Lincolnshire.

Boston was originally a member of the Hanseatic League in the 13th century and last year re-joined the new 
version after 700 years.

Its membership was approved at the annual meeting of Hanseatic members last summer in Estonia.

The group was self funding, with a grant from Boston Big Local and the History of Boston project for the publications that were needed. These are now available for tourists visiting Boston.