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Ukraine Again - Wigan Welcomes 'Old Friends' From Eastern Europe
Thursday 28th July, 2005

Young language scholars from Eastern Europe have been enjoying the sights and sounds of Wigan over the past week as part of a long-standing learning experience.

For the past 14 years children from School 115 in the Ukrainian town of Donetsk have been visiting our borough to brush up on their English and to learn a little more about the British way of life.

This year nine pupils aged from 11 to 14 have been getting to know the 'Wigan Way' as guests of The Deanery High School.

Leading the group are School 115 principle Gennagiy Saprykin and deputy Lydia Bondarenko, who have both been making the annual trip since the project began in 1992.

"It is our 14th visit to Wigan and we now know a lot about the town and we really look forward to our stay in the town,"

said Mr Saprykin.

"After all this time we feel we are now old friends of Wigan."

The group have toured various places of interest in the town including the Magistrates' Court, the Town Hall, where they met the Mayor of Wigan, and Wigan History Shop.

Mrs Bondarenko said:

"The group has been staying in Wigan as part of an intensive English course at The Deanery. We have visited many different places because this helps to improve the children's knowledge of the English language and helps them to understand more about the culture of this country."

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