A very special visit to Harwich

The Harwich Society Guide Panel enjoy every opportunity to show visitors around our historic town but a recent visit from 50 year 5 students from the Mayflower School in Poplar, East London, was particularly special.

The visit was sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights and was intended to allow inner city children to have the opportunity of an educational visit by the sea.  The fifty children and their teachers certainly made the most of it.

Secretary of the Harwich Society’s Guide Panel, Andy Schooler, says, “We take our surroundings for granted but for many of these children it was the first time they had ever seen the sea.  It was a very special visit.”

As the focus of the visit was Christopher Jones and the story of the Mayflower the visitors went to Christopher Jones’ house and also toured the Mayflower exhibition in the Harwich Town museum.  In addition they spent time with the Harwich Society volunteers in the Maritime museum and also visited the Kindertransport memorial on Harwich Quay.

Chairman of the Harwich Society, Colin Farnell, says, “The Society’s Guide Panel are very knowledgeable and tailor every tour to the needs of the visitors.  This was a very special visit and a lot of care was taken to make sure that the children from Poplar’s Mayflower School went home with more knowledge about the Mayflower story and a lot of happy memories.”


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Press Officer, Garry Calver on 01255 551940