Children of Chernobyl spend the day in Beccles on final leg of their visit

Children from Chernobyl visting Beccles Town Hall as part of their trip to Norfolk and Suffolk. PHOT

Children from Chernobyl visting Beccles Town Hall as part of their trip to Norfolk and Suffolk. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A group of youngsters visiting East Anglia on a trip organised by a charity supporting children of Chernobyl have spent the day in Beccles.

Eight children from a region of Belarus affected by the nuclear disaster have spent four weeks in Norfolk and Suffolk, thanks to the Chet and Waveney Link of the Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL).

And on Tuesday, the group spent the day in Beccles, learning all about the town hall and town council before enjoying a free ice cream at Twyfords and cooling off at the lido.

The children will be going back home to Belarus this weekend after a farewell party tonight.

Diane Dungate, activities organiser for the link said: “It has all gone very quickly.

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“They are a wonderful group of children and we have had a wonderful time with them and we’ve been really impressed with the amount of English they have learnt.

“We have had a lot of support from a lot of people giving their time to allow the children to do a host of activities, as well as local businesses and other organisations.

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“It’s incredible - and the children have had a lovely time.”

During their last week in the region, the children also visited Africa Alive! in Kessingland, spent a day being entertained in Loddon Library and have made memory books to take home as keepsakes of their special trip.

They have spent the past four weeks living with host families in the area, and also had eyesight tests and a visit to the dentist.

The link hopes to host a group again next year.

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