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The Chinese president is in the UK this week but did you know that a leader of the world's largest country had visited BCS before?

It was back in November 1979 when Chairman Hua was leader, having succeeded Chairman Wau to the top job in China. During a state visit to the UK the Chinese premier was taken to Mackney to visit a traditional British farm and meet a typical English farm worker's family.

As the world's press descended on the village, Michael Dart showed Chairman Hua around Sherwood Farm and introduced him to the Mason family who lived in Mackney. Chairman Hua was given a cow and treated to green tea in one of the barns.

Jason Debney, who still lives in the village and who supplied our picture remembers the visit well:

'The school was closed for the morning and Mr Heyworth walked school children to Mackney, where they lined the road waving Union Jacks. During the visit, Chairman Hua stopped to talk to some of the children including Michael White, Nicola Carter, Fiona Hitchman, Jason Debney and Robert Abernethy. All in all a very memorable day.'
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