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The town of Chorley, in Lancashire, is hoping to highlight its links to the Mayflower story ahead of 2020, in particular its connections to Military Officer Myles Standish, who is thought to have grown up in the Chorley area. Standish was tasked with defending and protecting the newly found Plymouth colony upon the settling of the Mayflower Pilgrims.
In a recent meeting, as reported by the Lancashire Post, Chorley Councillors "unanimously backed a proposal to set aside £57,000 of unspent cash from its budget to cover the cost of the borough’s involvement in the events – and to fund its own tourism officer. The post is initially for a fixed 18-month period, but deputy leader Peter Wilson indicated that the authority was also looking to the future."
Councillor Wilson said that "We know Chorley is a fantastic area to visit and a great number of people come here every year – but our intention [with the Mayflower commemorations] is to bring people over from the US in significant numbers."
The meeting heard that among early indications of growing interest in the area was a growth in the number of visits from the United States to the website for Chorley’s historical and archaeological society.
Check out the Chorley Heritage Centre website for further details on Myles Standish, his links to Chorley and his connection to the Mayflower: www.chorleyheritagecentre.co.uk.