Ringers sound own tribute

MORPETH’S bellringers are warming up to play their part in a tribute to the town’s naval hero.

The Herald reported last week that a toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood will take place outside his former home in Oldgate tomorrow (Friday) to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Now members of Morpeth Clocktower Bellringers are planning a tribute of their own by ringing the bells of the tower prior to the toast.

The event has been organised by Morpeth Town Council in honour of the admiral, who led the British fleet to victory at the 1805 battle following the death of Nelson.

The toast will take place outside Collingwood House at noon, the time the first canon was fired in the battle, with children from St Robert’s RC First School joining in.

Members of the public will be given specially made ‘grog’ for the toast, consisting of rum, limeade and ginger beer.

After the event, Fr Lawrence Jones will open Collingwood House, the current presbytery, for people to see where the admiral lived.