Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, celebrated the launch of the Mayflower 400 International Programme in Parliament this week, a four nation commemoration marking the sailing of the Mayflower ship in 1620 from England to the New World.
The event saw global representatives unite from the UK, the Netherlands and the United States.
Michael Ellis MP, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, who spoke at the event, said: “The Mayflower 400 commemorations will increase the profile of the UK among an international audience and encourage people to travel beyond London to visit the UK.”
Don Valley is the birthplace of one of the most important Separatist Mayflower Pilgrims, William Bradford. He was born in Austerfield in the spring of 1590 and baptized there in St Helena Church.
Said Caroline: “I was so pleased to attend the launch of the Mayflower 400 International Programme in the House of Commons. The Mayflower voyage puts our towns on the global map – people will be talking about our Doncaster ancestors in the Netherlands and the United States as a result of the project.
“For us in Doncaster, Visit Doncaster are running a Mayflower heritage trail. I encourage all of my constituents to visit the ‘Visit Doncaster’ website to find the route, and stop off in Bawtry, Austerfield or Hatfield, amongst others, to learn more about our local history.
The Mayflower heritage trail can be found here.
A link to Mayflower 400’s website can be found here.