Babcock has been announced as a national sponsor for the Mayflower 400 programme, and title sponsor for Mayflower Week in September 2020, which commemorates the historic journey of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, passengers and crew to North America.
The international engineering company is sponsoring the major commemoration events between 14 and 20 September next year - including the Mayflower Public Commemoration Ceremony on 16 September, which marks the 400-year anniversary of the sailing of this famous ship from Plymouth.
This ceremony will involve representatives of four nations that make up the story of the Pilgrims - the UK, the US, the Netherlands and the Native American Wampanoag people - in addition to a 1,000-voice choir and the band of the Royal Marines.
Mayflower Week will also include the Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon in the programme alongside Mayflower Muster, a two-day festival celebrating our military heritage in partnership with the UK, US and Dutch Armed Forces, that concludes the week of activities.
Commenting on Babcock’s sponsorship of Mayflower 400, Charles Hackett, CEO of Mayflower 400 said: "Babcock’s support for this historic commemoration will enable us to deliver memorable events to mark this moment.
"They have a genuine link to both the programme and the international nature of Mayflower 400 that makes them the perfect partner for Mayflower Week."
Mike Homer, MD of Devonport Royal Dockyard, added: "As a trusted support partner to the Armed Forces for more than 100 years, and the fact that we operate out of the largest and one of the oldest dockyards in Western Europe, Babcock is perfectly placed to be working closely with the Mayflower 400 team to commemorate this important landmark in maritime history.
"It is hugely significant, not only to the city of Plymouth, but more widely across the UK, as well as internationally, and we are delighted to show our support."
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