Plymouth prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving
Plymouth is planning to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday as millions of Americans enjoy one of their biggest holidays of the year.
The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth in 1620 and after landing in the New World founded what has today become the United States of America.
A year later, in Plymouth, Massachussets, the survivors of that first voyage and first winter celebrated Thanksgiving - and the holiday is now recognised every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
For the last three years events have also been held here in Plymouth, Devon to mark the links with the USA and as a focus for our American citizens living in the city.
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The event on Thursday starts with a flagraising as pipers from the City of Plymouth Pipe Band play at the Guildhall from 10.45am.
Flag raising ceremony at the Guildhall
The raising of the US flag is then held at 11am - before guests walk to the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican for a ceremony at 11.45am.
The ceremony is started by Plymouth's Town Crier before performnces of music, singing and speeches by local children and invited guests.
At 12:15pm The Lord Mayor will speak and lays a commemoration wreath before a short address by the Naval Attache from the United States Navy
The event ends after more perfomances at 12.30pm.
The event is organised by a committee of American and British citizens 'for the enjoyment of all' with the support of Plymouth’s Lord Mayor’s Office and The Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, as well as Commander Charles Crichton OBE Royal Navy.