Town hosts Japanese friends

Japanese visitors being shown a flowering cherry tree they gave to Boston, by Coun Yvonne Gunter, at Boston's Cental Park.
Japanese visitors being shown a flowering cherry tree they gave to Boston, by Coun Yvonne Gunter, at Boston's Cental Park.

BOSTON enjoyed a taste of culture from the other side of the world when students from its twin town of Hakusan visited the area.

The group spent 11 days in the town, staying with students from Boston High School.

During the trip they spent time in and around the Boston area, and also sampled other delights of the East Midlands.

They enjoyed traditional English fish and chips in Skegness, took in some history in Lincoln when they visited the Cathedral and the castle, and had some thrills and spills during a day at Alton Towers. Some children also did activities with their host families, including camping and a visit to London.

On their last full day in the area they spent time in Boston, visiting Fydell House and Central Park, where they saw a Japanese cherry tree which had been a gift from the last group of students which visited the town in 2004.

David Scoot, chairman of The Hakusan Project, said the visitors had noticed the freedoms their peers enjoy. He said they were prepared to try everything that was different for them – including fish and chips with mushy peas.