Mother of all Plymouths offers thanksgiving for connection withUSA
PLYMOUTH celebrated Thanksgiving and honoured its connections with America in a flag-raising ceremony yesterday.
Cllr Michael Wright, Lord Mayor of Plymouth, hosted the event which saw the stars and stripes flying outside the Guildhall. Two pipers from the City of Plymouth Pipe Band provided a musical accompaniment, with a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner from singer Melissa Adams and guitarist Gary Platt of local band Quad Core. Children from St Peter's CofE Primary School joined in the fun with a medley of American folk songs.
Ailie Kerr, Young City Laureate, was also in attendance and read a specially composed poem. Ailie was granted her current title at the recent International Book Festival. Pupils from Pilgrim Primary School added to the cultural feast by reading poems chosen to appear in this year's Young People's Anthology.
At midday a wreath was laid at the Mayflower Steps by the Lord Mayor and the American Naval Attache Captain David Stracener.
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The event was jointly funded by Plymouth City Council and the Plymouth Partnership in memory of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This was held by Pilgrim Fathers grateful to have survived the first winter and brought in their crops after making their epic journey from England in 1620.