Mayflower 400th
to be celebrated

Couns Alison and Richard Austin with, centre, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Coun Dr John Mahony receiving the Mayflower Compact 2020. Supplied.
Couns Alison and Richard Austin with, centre, the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Coun Dr John Mahony receiving the Mayflower Compact 2020. Supplied.

Boston has been given a modern day Mayflower Compact document as partners around the world gear up to mark 400 years since the famous ship sailed to the New World.

The Compact is an agreement by partners, including Boston Borough Council, to mark the 400th anniversary in 2020 of the sailing to the New World.

It was signed in November last year by the then Mayor of Boston Coun Alison Austin, and since then partners in the Mayflower 400 group across the UK, USA and Holland have also signed the document.

A formal launch in Gainsborough Old Hall in July, attended by guests, including descendents of the Mayflower Pilgrims, saw the current Mayor Richard Austin accept a copy of the new compact, which has now been placed into the safe keeping of Boston Borough Council’s archive.

He said: “Boston is proud to be part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of the sailing of the Mayflower and also its key role in the foundation of Boston, Massachusetts. Both events were significant steps in the history of America.”

The Mayflower 400 vision and goals is a programme of events being led by Plymouth UK and Plymouth Massachusetts and is a platform for a national celebration of the remarkable relationship between the UK and US, which began with the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620.

A spokesman for Boston Borough said: “Those on the Mayflower took with them to the New World not only those democratic values and freedoms enshrined in Magna Carta but also a deep commitment to co-operation and self-determination.

“It was those principles that were at the heart of the first Mayflower Compact – the document signed on board the Mayflower in 1620 upon its arrival off Cape Cod to provide the building blocks of government for the new colony.

“The Compact established a precedent which was then used some years later as the basis for Boston’s constitution which, in turn, influenced the form and content of the American Constitution – the foundation of the American nation that the world knows today.”