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Havering welcomed a group of well-travelled teenagers last month.

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The 12 students had come from Uto High School, Japan, as part of the “Cultural Homestay in Europe” programme. After arriving in the borough on March 25, they spent a day in Hornchurch and visited more central tourist spots like the Tower of London, the British Museum and Westminster Abbey.

But a rather more modern London attraction is likely to stay in their memories.

“The group requested a visit which to the Harry Potter platform at King’s Cross Station,” said group co-ordinator Stephanie Nunn. “They all love Harry Potter.

“The other thing they all wanted to try was fish and chips – and it went down very well.”

CHE organises trips to Europe for international students, who stay with local “host families”, on an annual basis. For more information, visit www.culturalhomestay.org.

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