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Talk given ahead of Captain Cook Anniversary Milestone


Sep 20, 2016

PLANS for the 250th anniversary of a milestone in the adventures of Captain James Cook will be discussed at an event in Middlesbrough.

Next year marks 250 years since Cook’s completion of his pioneering survey of the whole of the coast of Newfoundland in 1767.

On Saturday, September 17, from 10.30am, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum at Stewart Park will host a talk entitled James Cook in Eastern Canada.

The discussion will be led by Paul Wylezol, Chairperson of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) and Cabox Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark, Western Newfoundland.

The North York Moors National Park is involved in the IAT is hosting Mr Wylezol as he visits potential partners and aims to forge new links worldwide.

Middlesbrough Council’s Senior Museums Curator Phil Philo said: “This is a unique opportunity to hear about exciting plans for the commemoration of this anniversary.

“The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is honoured to be hosting Paul’s talk and looks forward to the chance to discuss ways in which it can support the proposals and work to ensure the participation of organisations, communities and individuals in the area.”

Mr Wylezol added: “The mission of the International Appalachian Trail is to establish a long-distance walking trail that extends to all geographic regions once connected by the Appalachian Mountain range, formed more than 250 million years ago.

“In addition to connecting people and places, the goal is to promote natural and cultural heritage, health and fitness, environmental stewardship, fellowship and understanding, cross-border cooperation, and rural economic development through eco and adventure tourism.”

A further major Captain Cook anniversary occurs in 2018 – the 250 th anniversary of the start of his first Pacific voyage.

James Cook in Eastern Canada with Paul Wylezol is free, with a small charge for refreshments, and all are welcome. For more details contact Phil Philo at phil_philo@middlesbrough.gov.uk or on 01642 311211 or 01642 813781.

By Emily