Don’t hold it against him, but Droitwich-born Edward Winslow was one of the founding fathers of modern America.

He was among the leaders on board The Mayflower, a ship that transported the first English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims, to the New World in 1620.

He served as Governor of Plymouth Colony three times and his son Josiah was the first native born governor of an American colony. More Americans are descended from the Winslow family than any other of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Edward’s remarkable life is commemorated with a bronze statue in the shopping precinct, outside Wilko’s.