Covid curbs 400th Mayflower anniversary as Americans stay away

Gifts and art mark event but representatives of indigenous Wampanoags who suffered due to colonialism were not present

There was some pomp and ceremony. A military band played, ambassadors and civic leaders made speeches and the union flag fluttered beside the stars and stripes of the US close to where, exactly 400 years ago, the Mayflower set sail.

But there was also a sense of melancholy around the event on the harbourside at Plymouth on Wednesday. The many thousands of Americans who had been expected to arrive in the Devon city for the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims’ voyage were absent due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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