Laval visit gives French flavour to businesses

Students from Laval in France enjoyed a visit to the council to meet Boston mayor Coun Mary Wright.
Students from Laval in France enjoyed a visit to the council to meet Boston mayor Coun Mary Wright.

IF you popped into some local businesses earlier this month you may have noticed a slightly continental flavour to your visit, as a number of French students were taking part in placements in the town.

A group of 11 business students from Boston’s twin town of Laval travelled over for the four week placement, where they were working with nine local businesses including Archie Hardwick’s, Country Gourmet, Boots, Oldrids and the Seventh Heaven cafe.

The visit, which involved nine local businesses, is one of the traditions which keeps alive the long-established twinning link between Boston and Laval, which has been in place since 1958. The trip has been running for a number of years.

Michael and Sharon Wood, of Country Gourmet, took part in the scheme for the first time this year.

They told the Standard: “It has been a huge success and a delight and pleasure to be host to Baptise Bruand. He wasn’t treated as a worker, but a guest and was taken to a local golf club and the market. Baptise was also enjoying making friends locally on Facebook.”

The pair added that some of the customers had learned some French during the visit.

Alexandre Fourner, who came over from Lycee Professionnel Robert Buron, spent his placement with W H Smith. He said he had enjoyed the work and walking along the river in the evening, often heading past the port to the Pilgrim Father’s Memorial.

As part of the trip they were received by Mayor of Boston Coun Mary Wright in an official event.

The twinning links between many UK towns and cities and those abroad have diminished in recent years, but the relationship between Boston and Laval is still strong, according to Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford.

He said: “It’s still very relevant. There is still a very strong twinned link between the schools and everything else.”

The link is managed by the International Twinning Committee, chaired by Ian Clayton. He told The Standard that the work programme was one way in which it is kept alive.

He said: “For several years, now, small groups of students have been coming to Boston in the early part of the year to undertake work placements in firms in Boston. It is considered a great success by all involved in that both employers and students learn a great deal.”