Pupils and teachers from the Chinese city of Datong were given a civic reception at Bury Town Hall.
They were welcomed by children from three local primary schools - Christ Church, Walshaw; St John's, Radcliffe; and St Mary's, Prestwich.
This was a reciprocal visit, following a trip that Bury head teachers made to Datong during the October half-term holiday to develop links with schools there. In Datong, they were greeted by city’s education department and the mayor, who presented a civic gift for the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Jane Black: the gift was a painting of the restored part of the Great Wall near their city.
The Mayor said: “Many Chinese families live in Bury and across Greater Manchester, and have contributed to the prosperity of this town and our region. We were very pleased to welcome pupils and their teachers to spend a week learning in Bury schools and visiting the region. I hope this will create lasting friendships for many years to come.
“I also visited Phillips High School, my old school, to meet Chinese high school students who were based there for the week. A group from Phillips will be visiting China in 2020.”
Press release issued: 20 February 2019.