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Harwich's avowed intent to claim the Pilgrims

Replica of the Mayflower Credit: PA

An Essex town has launched a campaign to reclaim the Pilgrim Fathers from Plymouth.

Campaigners in Harwich are fed up with Plymouth taking all the credit for the Mayflower - the ship that sailed to America to create a new colony in 1620.

The ship's captain named the landing point in America Plymouth Rock, meaning the Devon city has since been linked to the founding of modern America.

But now a group in the Essex town says it's Harwich which should be credited as the home of the world famous ship.