8th Apr, 2020

Illuminated Mayflower to celebrate Droitwich's links with America's first pilgrims

AN EYE-CATCHING illuminated Mayflower ship has been installed on the roof of St Richard’s House to highlight Droitwich’s links with the first pilgrims to land in America.

It was part of the official international launch of the Mayflower 400 commemoration year which will see activities held in the town in the coming 12 months to celebrate Droitwich-born Edward Winslow.

He was one of the ship’s four commissioners and among the 102 passengers to travel from Plymouth to America.

One of the highlights of the packed afternoon last Thursday was an interactive Virtual Mayflower exhibit, presented by Prof Bob Stone and Dr Vish Shingari from the University of Birmingham.

Using augmented reality techniques people could ‘climb aboard’ a virtual Mayflower sailing out into the English Channel.

Brian Woolley, one of the visitors to the exhibition, said: “I went to Harvard University in Boston and Massachusetts is a significant tourist destination with regards to the Mayflower.

“I was fascinated to learn all about the history of the Mayflower and this exhibition in Droitwich has some really interesting information and cultural resources.”

The event concluded at 4.30pm with the ship’s switch-on, led by Mayor of Droitwich Spa Coun Bill Moy, Town Crier Edgar Harwood, Prof Stone and the head boy Ben Daniels and head girl Katie Bowen at the town’s high school.

The Mayflower will remain illuminated every evening until January 4, 2020.

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