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The legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be speaking at London's Drapers Hall next week, as the UK and USA begin to mark celebrations of next year's Mayflower anniversary. In 2020, both countries will mark the 400th anniversary since the sailing of the Mayflower, which took Pilgrims from the UK in 1620 to settle in America.
Sir Ranulph is the latest speaker to be announced as part of the Mayflower 400 Speaker Series, which will see discussions and talks during an array of events which will be rolled out through 2020. Explaining his talk, Sir Ranulph said "It takes a certain type of person to be able to keep moving forward on a journey or exploration, regardless of the issues that you are faced with such as raising funds and finding the means to make a project happen from the outset. These qualities link with those of the Pilgrims and I imagine they faced similar challenges when having to raise the funds to buy the Speedwell and then replacing it with the Mayflower when the Speedwell started to take on too much water. I believe both myself and each of those Pilgrims who made that momentous journey all know a thing or two about Living Dangerously!" Living Dangerously is the name if Sir Ranulph's new book, which will be the subject of its own series of talks across the UK next year.
Jonathan Blair, UK Managing Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson, the law firm supporting the event and Mayflower 400 commemorations, said "Sir Ranulph Fiennes is undoubtedly one of the greatest explorers of our time and we are very much looking forward to hearing him speak about some of the unique experiences that he has faced ... We're delighted to support the Mayflower 400 anniversary and the Speaker Series that highlights the key themes behind the historic voyage of this iconic ship and celebrates our collective heritage with the US, along with the ongoing relationship between the two countries with all of the benefits this brings."
We'll be interviewing Sir Ranulph ahead of his talk on November 27, so keep an eye on TheAmerican.co.uk for further details, or subscribe to The American magazine in 2020 as we celebrate all things about the Mayflower 400 celebrations!