Sir Walter Raleigh wishes all our US readers
a Happy Independence Day
from his birthplace in East Budleigh, Devon.
It's not the first time I've posted this photo of the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, which looks down the main street of the village where he was born.
This year is a bit special as it's the tenth anniversary of the curious relationship between Budleigh Salterton and the American town of Brewster, Massachusetts.
When I have a spare moment I will gather some photos and other archive material showing how it all started.