On Saturday November 30th a grand Mayflower Lantern Ship will lead the Candlelit parade supported by smaller boats, made by the families and children in the many workshop opportunities leading up to the Candlelit Mayflower weekend. The Friday of that weekend will be as usual, with the festive market, the arrival of Father Christmas and the turning on of the lights. As Dartmouth is one of the Trail Towns involved in the National Mayflower 400 commemorations, who will all be holding similar illuminated events, we have been very fortunate to have our own Candlelit weekend to work alongside.
Accompanying the Parade will be the Premiere of the Dartmouth Mayflower Peal of Bells, written by our own John Langdon; this will be rung from St Saviour’s Church bell tower, and families are invited to the tower during the evening to participate in the bell ringing experience. An augmented Parish Choir, led by Christopher Helyer and the church organ, will perform another Premiere, which will be the majestic Dartmouth Mayflower Anthem, with music written by Ed Welch and words by Brian Patten. This beautiful Anthem will feature as a major part of our yearlong Mayflower Commemoration.
This will be an evening of celebration for all, so come into the light of St Saviour’s Church, illuminated with 400 candles, where there will be festive music and song, and warm yourselves with our Mayflower soup with crusty bread and toast the beginning of the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 commemorations.