The election of Peru's new president has led to celebrations in Fleetwood, where the world's newest head of state went to school.
Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who attended Rossall School from 1953 to 1956, won by a narrow victory over rival Keiko Fujimori to become the country’s leader.
President Kuczynski came to Rossall, one of the UK's most prestigious schools, from South America with his brother after their mother fell ill.
Kuczynski, who has previously held the post of Prime Minister of Peru, has said of his arrival at the school: “We came on the boat from Peru to Liverpool, which took three weeks, so we were already in rough shape when we finally reached Fleetwood.”
And although the President admits he struggled a little with the Lancashire accent, he credits the independent school with inspiring his love of music and says it taught him two key skills: discipline, and not to panic, whatever the circumstances.
Elected on the promise of uniting Peru and promising to punish the country’s violent drugs gangs, Kuczynski has called for an end to the fighting and conflict which have divided Peru.
President Kuczynski, who was a member of Rossall’s Maltese Cross House, later went on to study flute and piano at the Royal College of Music before attending Oxford and Princeton universities and taking up a career in banking.