December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
Glasses of rum will be raised in Great Yarmouth when people gather to celebrate Britain’s greatest naval hero ahead of Trafalgar Day.
The town’s annual Trafalgar Day service will take place at Nelson’s monument in South Denes on Sunday (October 20). It will be led by the Rev Canon Christopher Terry of Yarmouth Minster and open to all who wish to honour Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson.
Norfolk-born and raised Nelson, who landed in Yarmouth during it’s time as an important naval base, was killed by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.
The celebration of his life, organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Nelson Museum, will start at 1pm with a procession from South Beach Parade to the monument, led by TS Warrior, the Navy Corps Cadets, based at Cobholm.
At 1.15pm, approximately the time Admiral Nelson was shot, the North Norfolk Militia will fire a gun.
Rum or orange juice will be distributed to all present to toast Nelson’s memory.
John Burroughs, mayor of Great Yarmouth, will lay a wreath at the base of the column on behalf of the people of the borough. Other dignitaries from the borough council and representatives from the Royal British Legion will also be there to pay their respects.
Mr Burroughs said: “This service is important and continues to be popular as Admiral Nelson is a key figure in Great Yarmouth’s proud naval history. We hope as many people as possible will turn up to toast his immortal memory.”
The town was an important naval base throughout the Napoleonic Wars, and Admiral Nelson, who was born at Burnham Thorpe, in north-west Norfolk, in 1758, landed at Great Yarmouth on three occasions prior to his death in 1805.
When he landed at Great Yarmouth after the Battle of the Nile, in 1798, he was given a hero’s welcome and was carried to the Wrestler’s Inn, on Church Plain. There he was presented with the Freedom of the Borough.
The Nelson monument, also known as the Norfolk Naval Pillar, stands at 144ft tall and is only slightly shorter than its counterpart in London.
It was built in 1819 to commemorate Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar. At the time the South Denes was an empty sand spit and the monument stood right in the centre of it.