A traditional toast to our hero

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A traditional toast to the Hero of Trafalgar brought out the crowds in Morpeth on Tuesday.

Wreaths were laid at Morpeth Town Hall in memory of Admiral Lord Collingwood, the Morpeth resident who led the British fleet to victory at the famous sea battle on October 21, 1805.

Collingwood commemorations on Trafalgar Day in Morpeth'Chief Petty Officer Lee Stead from HMS Calliopi with the Collingwood statue in Morpeth Town Hall.

Collingwood commemorations on Trafalgar Day in Morpeth'Chief Petty Officer Lee Stead from HMS Calliopi with the Collingwood statue in Morpeth Town Hall.

Following the ceremony, civic leaders and members of the Collingwood Society joined members of the public and pupils from St Robert’s First School at the admiral’s former home, Collingwood House, in Oldgate, where Father Lawrence Jones said a Prayer for the Navy. Morpeth Mayor Nic Best said: “Gathered in Morpeth, gathered on Northumbrian soil, on the doorstep of his beloved home, Collingwood is one of our own – a local lad who did our region proud by his achievements and his example and for that he deserves our acknowledgement.” At noon, the time when the first shot was fired at Trafalgar, the crowd raised their glasses of ‘grog’ in a toast to the admiral.