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Chester Scouts welcome Japanese Jamboree visitors to Chester

Cheshire Scouts visited Japan last year as part of a world event

Cheshire scouts with Japanese visitors from the World Scout Jamboree

World Scout Jamboree hosts paid a reciprocal visit to Chester following last year’s event in Japan.

Scouts from Chester, Ellesmere Port and Neston were among a group of more than 50 Cheshire Scouts last year as part of their World Jamboree experience.

They joined thousands of others from around the globe at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, from July 28 to August 8, in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, under the banner of A Spirit of Unity.

As part of their World Jamboree experience, the Cheshire Scouts also had the once in a lifetime chance to spend time with Japanese families in their homes.

WATCH: Cheshire Scouts enjoy Japanese Jamboree

It is a special part of each Jamboree, as well as participating on the event campsite, that Scouts also enjoy hospitality in the homes of the host’s families.

One year on, Cheshire Scouts have returned the favour after hosting home hospitality co-ordinator Masanobu Ueno and his family.

Cheshire contingent members from last year’s event, including Alicia Kendall from Ellesmere Port and Tom Gibson from Chester, met up with their visitors when they arrived in Chester.

During their visit to the area, Masanobu and his family, from Marugame in the Kagawa prefecture on Shikoku Island, took in Chester’s historic sights before visiting Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground and The Beatles Story exhibition in Liverpool.

Cheshire Scouts attend Jamboree adventure in Japan

They also enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the Statham Lodge Hotel in Lymm with the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell.

Deputy County Commissioner Dave Hopley said: “We will be forever grateful for the gift of friendship our Japanese friends have given us and we hope to continue the friendship between our Scouts in Cheshire and Marugame for years to come.”

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