(11 February 2020) As a local business with proud founding roots in Rotherhithe, Thames Clippers is supporting Rotherhithe Illuminated! – a community-led legacy lighting scheme – with a donation whilst also urging other local organisations and residents to donate if they can.
In commemoration of Rotherhithe’s key role in the Mayflower story – Rotherhithe Illuminated! will shine a new light on this historic part of London, illuminating elements of five historic buildings. When lit, the spire of St Mary’s church and the chimneys of Thames Tunnel Mills and Brunel’s Engine House will be visible from Tower Bridge, London Bridge and from across the river in Wapping.
People travelling along the river on-board Thames Clippers boats at night will be able to enjoy the installation, increasing community and cultural awareness. As well as admiring from the river, guests will be able to disembark at Greenland (Surrey Quays) Pier and engage with the installation that will explain the history behind each of the illuminated buildings and landmarks.
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to the new world. The Mayflower was captained by local resident, Master Christopher Jones, and Rotherhithe was also the ship’s home port. Rotherhithe Illuminated! aims to deliver a lasting legacy to the ship, crew and pilgrims who would go on to found the United States of America.
Whilst organisations like Thames Clippers and Port of London Authority (PLA) have already contributed significantly towards the £95K overall cost of the project, £35K is still needed to complete the project, for which a public JustGiving page has been set up.
For more information including link to the Rotherhithe Illuminated! JustGiving page, please visit www.thamesclippers.com/rotherhithe-illuminated.
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