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PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

BIRTHDAY BASH: Canon Chris Stone at the statue.

BIRTHDAY BASH: Canon Chris Stone at the statue.

DESCENDANTS of Pocahontas are due to make a pilgrimage to the town from America to mark the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of a statue of the famous princess. Members of the Bolling family, who can trace their ancestry back to Princess Pocahontas, are

DESCENDANTS of Pocahontas are due to make a pilgrimage to the town from America to mark the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of a statue of the famous princess.

Members of the Bolling family, who can trace their ancestry back to Princess Pocahontas, are expected to visit next month.

As part of the visit they will attend St George's Church, in Church Street, Gravesend, where the statue is situated, on the weekend of October 4 and 5 for a series of events to mark the anniversary.

The iconic statue of the princess, twin to the original erected in Jamestown, Virginia, where settler John Rolfe first met Pocahontas in 1607, was donated to the borough by the American town in 1958.

Rector of St George's Church, Canon Chris Stone, said: "It gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the enduring friendship between the people of Gravesham and all the people of Virginia. We are expecting hundreds of visitors and are looking forward to the visit of the Bolling family."

An expert on Pocahontas and the English Settlers, Helen Rountree, who is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Old Dominion University, Virginia, is due to give a talk on the subject at St George's Church on Saturday, October 4, at 4pm.

Gravesham Choral Society and the Pocahontas Performers are to perform well-known English, American and barbershop music at the church at 6.30pm, with a celebration meal at 7pm.

On Sunday, October 5, at 10am, a commemorative service will take place, followed by a community bring-and-share lunch at noon.

To book tickets for the Saturday events, call Towncentric on 01474 337 600. Events on the sSunday are free.

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