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Lanterns light way for Mayflower celebrations

Rotherhithe marked the 400th anniversary of the 1620 sailing of the Mayflower Ship to America with a free five-day festival.

The beginning of the Illuminate Rotherhithe festival was marked with a lantern procession last Thursday, November 23, followed by a concert at St Mary the Virgin Church.

Illuminate Rotherhithe 2017 (Credit: Tommo)

Residents who turned out to celebrate the area’s heritage were entertained by a folk duo during the festival and joined in with sharing music, song and poetry commemorating the sailing to the New World.

Illuminate Rotherhithe 2017 (Credit: Tommo)

Free lantern-making workshops, folk dance and song workshops, and rope-handling demonstrations also drew the crowds in, with the festival coming to an end on Monday.


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