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Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim's Pocket Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim's Pocket

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of

Statue: Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim's Pocket

Erection date: 29/11/1991


{Plaque at the base of the statue:}
A bronze sculpture by Peter McLean unveiled by Elsie Marks Vice Chair, Mayflower Tenants Association
Sunshine Weekly and the Pilgrims Pocket
Friday 29th November 1991.

Commissioned by
{Logo of the London Docklands Development Corporation:}

{On the boy's comic:}
Uncle Pete and Kevs
Sunbeam Weakl (presumably there should be a 'Y' at the end, but it's obscured by the boy's hand.)

{In the pilgrim's pocket:}
A-Z 1620

{Around the base of the statue:}
Fecit Peter McLean 1991

The statue (next to a lamppost), comprises a (ghost of a) pilgrim father, looking over the shoulder of a small Bermondsey boy from about the 1920s (the 100th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower), and a dog (a Staffordshire bull terrier), standing on its hind legs.
The comic the boy is reading (made possible at night by the light of the lamppost) is called 'Uncle Pete and Kevs Sunbeam Weekly (actually spelt as Weakly wihout a 'Y'). This makes us wonder why the plaque calls the statue 'Sunshine' weekly, and suspect that it is a mistake.
The comic (which we believe refers to an actual comic called just 'Sunbeam') shows scenes of how America had developed since 1620, and the pilgrim is looking at it in apparent horror.
There is much other detail to be seen, including various tools and implements. In the pilgrim's pocket is a lobster claw, a fish, a crucifix, a totem pole and an A-Z dated 1620. Some sources say that the A-Z refers to New York rather than London, but we don't believe it has ever been published in America.
The pilgrim has a second pocket, and it is said that any visitor from the new world who places a small object in it will find a new and more rewarding path in life.
A nearby information board gives details about the sculptor, the Pilgrim Fathers and the native Americans who helped them.

'(+Kev)', refers to sculptor McLean's assistant, Kevin Bolger. the Latin 'Fecit' means 'made by'. The word (or initials) 'WHY' is unexplained, indeed, there's a lot about this sculpture that is unexplained, which might explain the WHY!

Site: Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim's Pocket (1 memorial)

SE16, Rotherhithe Street, Cumberland Wharf

This site is expected to be very popular with American tourists commemorating the quadricentennial of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020.

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Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim's Pocket

Information Subjects commemorated

The Sailing of the Mayflower

The ship that carried pilgrims from Britain to the New World. There were 102 ...

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Children's comic published by James Henderson and Sons. It featured 'Dr Rhino...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Sunbeam Weekly and the Pilgrim's Pocket

Information Created by

London Docklands Development Corporation

We did not initially recognise this logo, on at least 8 plaques in the Surrey...

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Mayflower Tenants Association

Tenants and residents association in Rotherhithe, based in Mayflower Hall, 1 ...

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Kevin Bolger

Peter McLean's assistant. 

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Elsie Marks

Erstwhile Vice Chair of the Mayflower Tenants Association.

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Peter McLean

Sculptor. A founding member of the Bermondsey Artists' Group created in 1983.

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