Raise a glass to local hero

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MORPETH will raise a glass to its hero of Trafalgar in a special toast.

The event will be led by Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor in honour of Admiral Lord Collingwood, who led the British fleet to victory in the famous sea battle after the death of Nelson.

The toast will take place on the steps of Collingwood’s former Morpeth home in Oldgate at noon on Friday, October 21— the time the first cannon was fired at Trafalgar in 1805.

Children from the neighbouring St Robert’s RC First School will join the celebration and specially-made ‘grog’ will be dished out to any members of the public who wish to take part.

Morpeth Town Council Clerk Gillian Turner, who makes the grog from rum, limeade and ginger beer, said: “The Mayor thought that with Collingwood being from Morpeth we should honour the great man.

“The Mayor will say a few words before the toast and at the 12 chimes from the clock tower we will commemorate the first firing of the cannon at the Battle of Trafalgar and raise a glass to Collingwood.”

Fr Lawrence Jones will open up Collingwood House, the current presbytery, after the ceremony for people to see where the admiral lived.