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Admiral Lord Nelson reaches his 250th birthday

'Nelson's County' celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Lord Nelson with events across the region, including in his birthplace of Burnham Thorpe.

Admiral Lord Nelson, one of Norfolk's most prestigious heroes, sees the 250th anniversary of his birth on Monday, 29 September, 2008.

Most famous for leading his battalion to victory before succumbing to his own demise at the Battle of Cape Trafalgar, Lord Horatio Nelson was born in Burnham Thorpe, near Wells-next-the-sea, in 1758.

A renowned tactician at sea, Lord Nelson fought and won many battles for the English, often from the prominent threats of the French and the Spanish.

His Norfolk monument is based in South Denes, Great Yarmouth, between the River Yare and the North Sea.


To mark the 250th anniversary, many different celebrations were held in his home town of Burnham Thorpe, west Norfolk over the weekend of the 27 and 28 September.

The Lord Nelson pub hosted an array of activities including a feast on Sunday, 27 September, while outside saw a tug of war competition, a cricket match and live music.

HMS Victory

HMS Victory - Lord Nelson's Flagship

In addition, All Saints Church in the village carried out thanksgiving services. Horatio's father was once rector of the parish.

Forthcoming events

On Monday, 29 September, 2008, there will be a display of memorabilia and a talk on Nelson's Purse from the Battle of Cape Trafalgar, based at the Norfolk Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth.

Martin Downer from Southerbys will be discussing his latest book at the museum on Nelson's green silk purse that contained coins brought back from the Battle of Cape Trafalgar.

The museum is based at 26, South Quay, in Great Yarmouth and it remains the only Norfolk exhibit to exclusively honour the admiral. The museum provides an insight into Lord Nelson's life below the decks through sight, sound and smell.

The event will be held in the Norfolk Nelson Museum, with the talk starting at 7pm. Entry will cost 3. For more details, call 01493 850698.

last updated: 29/09/2008 at 13:20
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