Remembering Morpeth’s Naval hero

MORPETH has paid tribute to the town’s Naval hero, Admiral Lord Collingwood.

The former Oldgate resident is best known for leading the British fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar following the death of Nelson.

Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt leads the toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood for Trafalgar Day.

Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt leads the toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood for Trafalgar Day.

Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt led the commemorations for Trafalgar Day at the Town Hall this morning, laying a wreath at the bust of Collingwood, while Kim Bibby-Wilson placed a garland around the bronze on behalf of the Collingwood Society. Personnel from HMS Grimsby were also in attendance, representing the Royal Navy.

The tributes then moved to Collingwood House, the admiral’s former home, where there was a toast at noon, the time the first shot was fired at Trafalgar.

Pupils from St Robert’s RC First School joined local residents for the event.

Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt leads the toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood for Trafalgar Day.