On a wet Tuesday afternoon in late November last year, a small group gathered to mark the placing of a finger sign post outside the Pilgrim Fathers Public House on the Great North Road in Scrooby. The purpose of the post is to indicate a central point in North Nottinghamshire from where the 'Pilgrim Fathers' originated with other important places from where the Pilgrims came and to where they went. The local villages of Austerfield, Sturton-le-Steeple and Babworth as well as Retford, Gainsborough and Worcester are signed. Their temporary places of refuge, Boston, Leiden, Harwich, Rotherhithe, Southampton, Dartmouth, Plymouth, and their final destinations in the New World are also included - Plymouth, Boston, Provincetown, Mass. and Farmers Branch, Texas.
Joining 4 members of the Parish Council and 2 costumed Pilgrims from Retford Museum were (from left) John Stirland who provided the Mayflower Apple tree, Neil Taylor, CEO of BDC, Liam, landlord of the Pilgrim Fathers, Simon Greaves, leader of BDC and Jack Bowker, the BDC Councillor for Scrooby.
Coincidentally, just as the photographs were being taken a group came out of the Pilgrim Fathers after having had lunch. A brief enquiry ascertained they were visiting Americans, one of whom just happened to come from Farmers Branch, Texas, Worksop's twin town in the USA.