Gunpowder plot anniversary linked to tourism

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  • Cheryl Packwood, Bermuda's representative in the US

    Cheryl Packwood, Bermuda's representative in the US

Bermuda’s wealth of history has proved a hit with both US patriots, the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, through the efforts of the Island’s Washington DC office.

Fresh from attending a ceremony at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia commemorating Bermuda’s role in the American Revolution, representative Cheryl Packwood said the events were taking off with the organisations.

“This has been really exciting — these people are highlighting Bermuda, and they will be coming down to the Island because of it,” she told The Royal Gazette.

“On August 12, 2015, they are coming down — not on a cruise ship, but flying in and staying a week on the Island, for the 240th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.”

August 14, 1775 marked the infamous theft of more than 100 barrels of British gunpowder from Tobacco Bay in St George’s — all of which went to fuel the American Revolution.

Recent commemorations of the event, organised with the help of the Island’s office in Washington, have drawn increasing numbers of history enthusiasts, whom Ms Packwood described as well-to-do and keen to enjoy the Island’s attractions.

“The St George’s MP Kenny Bascome is even talking about having a re-enactment of the Gunpowder Plot,” she added. “It’s growing as we go along.”

Although little-known to many outside of Bermuda, the Gunpowder Plot has intrigued US audiences.

“When you look at the history of the Revolution, you can see how if one thing hadn’t happened, the other thing might not have happened,” Ms Packwood said.

“Would George Washington ever have become President? It’s an important historical event — ever since the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution found out, they have been incredible at highlighting this part of Bermuda’s history. And these are people who travel.”

While she said it is hard to say how many might visit the Island for the occasion, she said the numbers have been growing as the series of anniversary events has gone on.

“We did get over 100 standing in Williamsburg,” she said. “They are historians and American Revolutionary buffs. They know who traces back to whom and how. They will come with their families. Prices have been estimated already for children and so forth.

“The Bermuda event is a trip planned with events with a draft schedule has already being circulating among them.”

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Published Oct 28, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm)

Gunpowder plot anniversary linked to tourism

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