Fans of Horatio Nelson to raise a toast to Norfolk's most famous son at Trafalgar Day Service
PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 October 2018
Norfolk's most famous son and Britain's greatest naval hero will be remembered at the annual Trafalgar Day Service today.
The service will be held at Nelson’s monument in Great Yarmouth and led by The Rev Simon Ward, of Great Yarmouth Minster.
The event starts at 1pm and is open to all who wish to honour Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson, who was killed by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar, on October 21, 1805.
There will be a procession from South Beach Parade to the monument in South Denes before Mary Coleman, the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough, will lay a wreath at the base of the column on behalf of the people of the borough.
Those present will be able to raise a toast to the naval hero with rum or orange juice being provided.
The event organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council in partnership with the Nelson Museum will also include hymns, prayers and readings.
Kerry Robinson-Payne, the curator of the Nelson Museum, will read an account of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Mrs Coleman said: “Admiral Nelson is a national hero and a true son of Norfolk, who landed a number of times during his illustrious naval career at Great Yarmouth, which was an important naval base throughout the Napoleonic Wars.
“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.
“This year, because Trafalgar Day has fallen at a weekend for the second consecutive year, we are able to hold the service on Trafalgar Day itself, which is most fitting.
“We hope that many people will again turn up to toast his immortal memory at the monument, which will mark the 200th anniversary of its completion next year.”
The Norfolk Naval Pillar, as it is officially known, stands at 144ft tall and is only slightly shorter than its counterpart in London. Funded by public subscription at a cost £7,000, it was built to commemorate Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar, opening in 1819.
Great Yarmouth was chosen as the ideal location, with the position on South Denes, then an empty sand spit, ensuring it would be seen from both land and sea.