THE Stars and Stripes flew in Mexborough on Independence Day as American visitors paid tribute to the town’s “amazing people”.
The group from Richmond, Virginia, enjoyed a July 4 celebration during a week-long visit which included a litter pick, a visit to Conisbrough Castle and a family day.
It was organised by Love Mexborough, which has been set up to provide free, fun events for the community.
Kyndall Freedman (17) said her highlight had been interacting with so many young people.
“Everyone’s been so welcoming and we’ve met some amazing people,” Kyndall added.
“Mexborough will hold a special place in our hearts and I’d love to come back again as we’ve made some friends for life.”
Most of the group of eight from Hope Church, aged between 16 and 46, had been to the UK before, but Kylie Burr (16) and Carley Durante (28) were newcomers.
Kylie said it was weird to see people driving on the opposite side of the road, while Carley admitted to a liking for shepherd’s pie.
The team hosted their own Fourth of July party during the visit, which ended with Love Mexborough’s first free family fun day.
Adam Lynch, Love Mexborough co-ordinator, said the impact the Americans made on Mexborough had been fantastic.
“It’s been great to see how well the community has responded to our American guests and we’re so grateful for the effort they’ve put in,” Adam added.
“We were also amazed to find 1,000 people had come to our first fun day and we’re now exploring options to hold a week like this every year and have a party of Americans come to Mexborough.”
The group also helped clean up the community garden next to Mexborough Athletic Club and as a thank you for their efforts, the garden will be named Hope Garden.
Kyle Freedman (46), Hope Church co-ordinator, said they all felt “truly blessed”, adding: “Having a garden named after us makes our trip extra special - it was something we weren’t expecting.
“We’re extremely grateful to the people of Mexborough giving us this honour and have made friendships we hope will continue.”
Adam thanked the local businesses who gave the American guests complimentary food, including afternoon tea and fish and chips, as well as everyone who had come to the fun day.
Visit lovemexborough.co.uk for full details on upcoming events.
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