Council View: Be part of Mayflower 400 celebrations

Coun Simon Greaves
Coun Simon Greaves

In a little over four years’ time north Nottinghamshire, along with many other cities, towns and counties across England, America and The Netherlands, will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower pilgrims setting sail for America.

Some of the most well-known and prominent of these separatists came from our district.

And we will be part of a monumental celebration that will take place across two continents to recognise the special relationship between all of the nations who have roots in this unique and exceptionally important historical event.

The countdown to the 2020 celebrations will feature a number of special events.

These will include Bassetlaw’s annual Illuminate event, which this year will be held over 10 days in November.

Prior to that, the US Ambassador is hosting a gathering at his private residence in London to celebrate the partnership of Mayflower 400, a collaboration of UK, US and Netherlands destinations that all form part of the Mayflower Pilgrim story.

I am very much looking forward to attending this event and being one of 300 guests who will help to raise the profile of this special anniversary.

As a young lad growing up in Worksop, one of the things I looked forward to the most was a day trip out to the seaside, be it Skegness, Bridlington or Whitby.

Well, families in Bassetlaw won’t have to travel that far next week as the Worksop Business Forum have come up with an excellent plan to see the summer off in style with their Worksop-by- the-Sea event, between August 24 and 29.

I’m told that the Old Market Square will be turned into a beach for the week, complete with all the sights and sounds that you would find at any British seaside town.

Just some of the attractions will include music and entertainment, a fairground, plenty of ice cream and seaside-themed food.

The Council is supporting the Business Forum with their efforts, in addition to sponsors Virgin Media, and I hope that like me you’ll make the most of what promises to be a very unique event.

Finally, what a fantastic Olympic Games we have witnessed over the last couple of weeks.

Team GB have been superb and might even surpass the record medal haul of London 2012.

However, I would personally like to congratulate Worksop’s Sam Walker who competed in his first Olympics.

He may not be bringing home a medal in table tennis but he has made our town very proud.