Twin-town students visit council chamber

Laval students
Laval students

Students from Laval, in France, have topped off a four-week stay by visiting Boston Borough Council where they gave Mayor of Boston Coun Colin Brotherton a gift.

The students were given a close-up viewing of the borough’s gold and silver regalia, normally hidden from view behind special security systems.

They were nearing the end of a four-week visit to Boston where they have been working at local host companies gaining experience in service and hospitality businesses. Ten visited the town with others going to Bulgaria, Germany and Spain.

Host firms were Oldrids, Boots, Dorothy Perkins, the Co-op, White Hart, Country Gourmet, Archie Hardwick’s, W.H. Smith and Seventh Heaven.

Boston celebrates its 55th year of being twinned with Laval and has played host to visiting students for the past few years who are accommodated by Boston College.

President of the Laval-Boston twinning association Solange Bruneau-Frileux, and the students’ English teacher at their college Robert Buron, thanked the Mayor and Mayoress and praised the host businesses and the college for taking care of the teenagers who are on three-year BTEC courses.

She said: “They have had a brilliant time, such a great experience for them.”

The students also visited Lincoln and Nottingham during their stay.

Pictured above: Solange Bruneau-Frileux presents Boston Mayor Coun Colin Brotherton and Mayoress Kate Wainwright, with a gift of produce from her region. Also pictured are visiting students with representatives of some of Boston’s host businesses. Pictured far left is Ian Clayton of the International Links Committee, who helps arrange annual exchange visits between the two towns.