Students from Horncastle’s two senior schools have been hailed as ‘fine ambassadors’ for the town - even though they ended up behind bars.
The students - from Bannovallum School and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School - were members of a 50-strong party which visited Lincoln Castle.
They were guests of councillor Bill Aron who arranged the visit to mark the end of his year in office as chairman of Lincolnshire County Council.
Apart from the castle itself, the group also toured the new-look Magna Carta exhibition.
Coun Aron said he was impressed with the behaviour and historical knowledge displayed by the students.
He said: “They were fine ambassadors for Horncastle and were a credit to the two schools.
“I can’t praise them enough and their knowledge of both the castle and Magna Carta was excellent.
“The feedback I’ve had is that they really enjoyed the trip and found it very interesting.
“I think the visit to the Magna Carta display in particular was thought provoking.”
Apart from the students, Coun Aron was joined by town dignitaries, business leaders and other guests.
The castle re-opened two months ago following a £22m renovation.
The work, which took four years to complete, features a vault built to house one of the original copies of the Magna Carta, ready for its 800th anniversary next month.
A new wall walk has been installed and the Victorian prison has also reopened to visitors.
The work was funded by the County Council, Heritage Lottery money and private donations.
The castle’s copy of the Magna Carta will be housed in a specially built vault.
The Horncastle party visited all the various attractions and several students took the opportunity to check out a prison cell.
Coun Aron said the castle was a tremendous attraction and added it had already boosted the region’s tourism.
He went on to describe the visit as a “fantastic way” to sign off his tenure as chairman.
He added: “ I’ve had a very enjoyable year.
“It has been an honour and privilege to serve as chairman.
“Together with my partner, I’ve attended over 160 functions and a highlight has been meeting so many different people.”
Coun Aron said he would continue to campaign for Horncastle and surrounding villages, even though he has now stepped down as chairman.
He revealed he will have a new role supporting Coun Nick Worth, the portfolio holder for Heritage, Culture and Libraries.
Coun Aron was a leading figure in Horncastle’s successful VE Day celebrations earlier this month and will help organise the VJ Day commemoration in September.