December 8 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Britain’s greatest naval hero has been honoured in Great Yarmouth where a small crowd raised a glass a rum in his memory.
Yarmouth’s annual Trafalgar Day service was held at Nelson’s monument in South Denes today.
Led by The Rev Canon Christopher Terry of Yarmouth Minster, the service paid tribute to Norfolk-born and raised Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson who was killed by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.
Councillor Kerry Robinson-Payne read an account of the famous battle which claimed Nelson’s life before Henry Cator, High Steward of Yarmouth, proposed a toast to his memory.
At 1.15pm, approximately the time Nelson was shot, the East Norfolk Militia fired a gun and a minute’s silence was held.
The service, which also involved the TS Warrior cadets, was organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Yarmouth’s Nelson Museum.
Mr Cator and Yarmouth mayor John Burroughs laid wreaths at the base of the 144ft tall column on behalf of the people of the borough.
Yarmouth was an important naval base throughout the Napoleonic Wars and Nelson, who was born at Burnham Thorpe in north-west Norfolk in 1758, landed at the town on three occasions during his career.
When he landed at 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, where he presented with the Freedom of the Borough.
The Nelson monument, also known as the Norfolk Naval Pillar, was built in 1819 to commemorate his death and is only slightly shorter than its counterpart in London.