Following months of pressing ministers to ensure that the Mayflower400 celebrations are at the top of the Government’s agenda, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP, Oliver Colvile has been appointed as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative and Coordinator for the Mayflower Anniversary Commemorations. The announcement came in the Spring Budget on 8th March 2017.
Mayflower400 marks the 400th anniversary of the Atlantic crossing of the Mayflower ship in 1620 – something that Oliver believes can be used as a huge trading opportunity as the UK exits the European Union.
Speaking following his appointment, Oliver said: “I am delighted that the Prime Minister has asked me to help promote the Mayflower Anniversary Commemorations as her Special Representative. The celebrations in 2020 will mark years of hard work and I look forward to engaging with people across not only the UK, but around the world, as we commemorate such an important anniversary”.
“I’m looking forward to getting down to work on making sure that we make a success of the Mayflower Anniversary Commemorations. We have a really exciting opportunity to increase tourism into the UK from the USA and the rest of North America as well as promoting our great global historical links through increased trade.”
The role will see Oliver work with both international and national partners to ensure that the UK plays a full and active role in the approaching commemorations, to advise on the coordination between Government departments to ensure the UK’s contribution is effective and to report to the Prime Minister directly on the progress of the planning for the celebrations. He will also be working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through his work in this important role.