Plymouth: Visiting U.K. officials continue to explore collaboration with town

Building bridges between Plymouth, UK and Plymouth, US is a theme that seemed to capture the imagination of the UK delegation, town officials and business leaders at luncheon on Plymouth’s waterfront on Thursday.

They exchanged ideas to improve and expand on the shared effort already in place in the lead-up to 2020.

Ken Ashby is a consultant to Plymouth 400. He spoke about the growing collaboration:

“Really everyone knows about the sailing of a ship, the Mayflower, but now I see that there’s a bridge that’s being built to connect these two cities.”

And the importance of connecting via social media was emphasized by David Parlby, CEO of the Plymouth, UK Chamber of Commerce.

“Let’s make sure we’ve got a really good social media program set-up as part of the run-up to 2020 so everybody around the world can experience it and get a feel for it.”

Genevieve Jaeger owns the Cold Spring Motel and chairs the Visitor Services Board:

“I think that there were a lot of very practical ideas because they were coming from individuals from the education field, they were coming from the business field and people were really enthusiastic about making a joint effort not just for 2020 from Plymouth to Plymouth but continuing.”

The UK delegation continues their visit Friday at a State House meeting with Senate President Murray and then off to London from there.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.