Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a Naval Way to Remember a Hero; Collingwood to Be Toasted at Ceremony

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's a Naval Way to Remember a Hero; Collingwood to Be Toasted at Ceremony

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Byline: Tony Henderson

ARUM do is planned to remember North East naval hero Admiral Lord Collingwood on the anniversary next week of the Battle of Trafalgar.

At noon on Trafalgar Day next Thursday - the time the first shot was fired in the battle on October 21 1805 - a "Toast the Admiral" gathering will be held at the Collingwood Monument in Tynemouth.

The event has been organised by North Tyneside Council and forms part of the Collingwood 2010 Festival, a year-long programme marking the 200th anniversary of the Newcastle-born admiral's death at sea. It will also recognise Colling-wood's crucial role at the Battle of Trafalgar when he directed the fleet to victory from his flagship HMS Sovereign, as Nelson lay mortally wounded.

A total of 75 invited guests will have the choice of making the toast with Collingwood Festival Ale or Royal Sovereign rum, both supplied by Wylam Brewery in Northumberland.

The public are also welcome to attend and will be able to join in the toast, while supplies last. Everyone who attends will be also given an acorn to plant.

This reflects Collingwood's habit - in the short periods he spent in Northumberland at his Morpeth family home - of taking pocketfuls of acorns on his walks.

He would scatter the acorns to provide oak trees to build future navy warships.

North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley said: "We feel extremely proud to be part of the celebrations to recognise the achievements of Admiral Lord Collingwood. …

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