Pilgrim Academy Pupils attend the official opening of Immingham's new Heritage Trail. Garry Crossland, of Immingham Museum, is pictured officially cutting the first trail board outside the museum with Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for Tourism.
Pilgrim Academy pupils were invited to attend the official opening of Immingham's new Heritage Trail, commemorating its link to the Mayflower Pilgrims.
2020 marks the 400-year anniversary of the Mayflower's journey to the New World, presenting Immingham with a unique opportunity to maximise its visitor attractions, and the town has planned a host of events and activities for both visitors and its residents during the year.
The new Heritage Trail takes visitors on a walk from the museum to the church, the Pilgrim Fathers Monument and Mill Lane, bringing to life local history along the way, with permanent information boards and maps.
The completion of the trail marks the final phase of the Pilgrims in Immingham project, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through a LEADER project designed to support cultural and heritage activity in rural areas. The project was also part-funded by Associated British Ports.
The funding has also helped to create a new permanent exhibition in its museum and a new dedicated website www.imminghamheritage.co.uk to support the town's heritage offer to visitors, centred on the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower ship in 1620.
Andy Clark, Principal of Pilgrim Academy, said: "This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to walk the trail and find out more about the town's history. This is something we have covered extensively in school through a variety of projects, and the children were very eager to take part in the opening of the trail and be some of the first to experience it. We are grateful to the council for including us in this and we are very supportive of the new visitor attractions."
Pupils attend the official opening of Immingham's new Heritage Trail. They are (l-r) Lydon Cooke (5), Maisie Carter (9), and Chloe Steward (5), with volunteers Kaye Pool (left) and Linda Ladlow, dressed as Pilgrims.
The map of the new Heritage Trail in Immingham.