Great Yarmouth service will remember naval hero Lord Admiral Nelson
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A major tribute will be paid to a naval hero who hailed from Norfolk and vanquished the French in a decisive battle.
On Saturday Admiral Lord Nelson will be remembered at an annual Trafalgar Day service in Great Yarmouth at a towering monument to him.
The service will be held at Nelson's monument in South Denes.
The service, led by The Rev Simon Ward of Great Yarmouth Minster, is open to all who wish to honour Admiral Lord Nelson, who was killed by a French sniper at the Battle of Trafalgar, on October 21, 1805.
For the first time in years, the service is able to take place on Trafalgar Day itself, which this year falls on Saturday.
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The event, organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and the Nelson Museum, will start at 1pm with a procession from South Beach Parade to the monument.
At 1.15pm, the time Admiral Lord Nelson was shot, the East Norfolk Militia will fire a gun by the monument.
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Rum or orange juice, if preferred, will be distributed to toast Nelson's memory.
Kerry Robinson-Payne, the mayor of Great Yarmouth, will lay a wreath at the column base on behalf of the people of the borough. The service will also include hymns, prayers and readings.
Mrs Robinson-Payne said: 'Admiral Nelson is a national hero and a true son of Norfolk, who is a major figure in both Great Yarmouth's and Britain's long naval histories. His death at the moment of his greatest triumph makes his story particularly memorable and poignant.
'This year, because Trafalgar Day has fallen at a weekend, we are able to hold it on Trafalgar Day itself, which is great, especially as this year we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Nelson's Monument.
'We hope that many people will again turn up to toast his immortal memory at the landmark Nelson monument.' Groups and individuals are invited to lay their own wreaths.