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Many of the towns in the Fens have been linked to other towns and cities throughout the World. The Lincolnshire Fens are no exception.
The Twinning between Spalding and Speyer in Germany was started in 1956. "Friends of Speyer" was formed in 1998 to develop the relationship between the towns. Visits to the twin town are organised biannually. Spalding has been twinned with Sezanne in France since 1958 and several enjoyable exchange visits have taken place since then. Many contacts and friendships have been formed between people of the twin towns as well as links between sports, arts and music groups.

Boston has formally recognised links with Laval, France, Mikawa, Japan and Boston, Massachusetts USA.

Boston has been officially twinned with Laval, France since 1958, one of the longest established twinnings in the country. Laval is the capital of the ‘departement’ of the Mayenne, situated between Anjou, Brittany and Normandy, and has the river Mayenne running through it. . The town has a rich cultural heritage and a well preserved historic district, within which there is situated a restored 12th century Chateau, and churches dating from the 12th and 16th century. There are also several museums to be found in Laval.

In 1993 the Council was instrumental, with the Municipalty of Mikawa, in establishing the Mikawa Project, a cultural exchange at middle school level between secondary schools in the Boston area and the Junior High School in Mikawa. Mikawa is located in the south west part of the Ishikawa prefecture, lying between Kanazawa, Ishikawa and Komatsu cities. Mikawa was once a prosperous port town, but today is growing quickly into a cultural town. The name Mikawa, means beautiful river and it has become a town where people are surrounded by beautiful nature and an abundance of culture.

People from Boston, Lincolnshire played an important role in the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630 and the city of Boston was given the name of the English town in recognition of their contribution. Two of the original settlers from Boston, became governors of Massachusetts, and in 1633 the highly respected Vicar of Boston, Rev. John Cotton, together with approximately 10 per cent of the population emigrated to Massachusetts.

The Fenland area of Cambridgeshire is twinned with Stadt Nettertal in Germany and has friendly links with Maroochyshire in Australia. In addition Wisbech is twinned with Arles Sur Rhone in the Camargue area of France and March with St John De Bray also in France.

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Did you know?
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Thomas Clarkson, one of the leading figures of the Abolitionist Movement, was born in Wisbech in 1760.