300 boats expected at Nelson event

Up to 300 boats are expected to create a spectacle on the sea near Lord Nelson's birthplace this Saturday, August 10, as Battle of Trafalgar celebrations continue.

Up to 300 boats are expected to create a spectacle on the sea near Lord Nelson's birthplace this Saturday, August 13, as Battle of Trafalgar celebrations continue.

And the event will provide a unique opportunity to see Nelson's White Ensign flying proudly from vessels taking part in the mile-long procession.

Burnham Overy Staithe Sailing Club is holding the fleet review on Saturday to commemorate the bicentennial year in a style reminiscent of the celebrations in Portsmouth in June.

All Saints' Church in Lord Nelson's nearby birthplace of Burnham Thorpe is allowing boats taking part to fly the pre-1801 flag.

The Admiralty granted the church the unique right to fly the ensign, hoisted at the Battle of The Nile, in the 1920s. Now this right has been specially extended for the review.

Admiral Sir Peter Abbott will attend the event, expected to draw thousands of people from all over the country.

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He will see boats of all designs, types and classes take part before attending a reception in his honour.

Sailing club secretary Peter Beck said: “We are expecting there to be upwards of 1000 people out at sea on between 250 and 300 boats.

“It should be a spectacular sight and a fitting way to mark the anniversary so close to Nelson's birthplace. The chance to have the ensign flying from many of the boats taking part should make it extra special.

“We also expect a large number of people on shore to witness this event and create a great atmosphere.”

Saturday's events will run between 9am and 4pm. The fleet review is expected to launch from the sea front at 10am and a hog roast will take place at about 2pm. Proceeds will go to All Saints' Church.

t Other events in the village include a three-week exhibition of Nelson memorabilia including work by local school children in the Burnham Overy Staithe village hall. On August 20 a victory dance will be held in a marquee overlooking the harbour.

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