Monday, April 12, 2010

On the Road Again with Roberta

Well, it’s official. Manteo, NC and Bideford, England are “twinned” permanently,officially sister cities. It happened at 2Pm on Sunday, April 11th, and just like a wedding was followed by a reception in the Manteo town boat house. Bideford’s Mayor Andy Powell and Manteo’s Mayor Jamie Daniels signed duplicate charters, complete with the Bideford wax seal, pledging to share not only cultural exchanges but to pursue economic opportunies surrounding history, research and tourism as well.

After the official twinning ceremony, we were fortunate enough to be able to have a photo opportunity with our Lost Colony Research group members who were present which included Anne Poole, George Ray, Scott Dawson, Louisa Pittman and Mark Horton, along with our own Andy Powell of course.It was fun to attend this bit of history as it was made, nearly 423 years to the day after the original colonists left Bideford to eventually land on Roanoke Island and become the infamous “Lost Colonists”.