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Sailors mark death of Lord Nelson at Trafalgar

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 22, 2013

  • Naval ratings from HMS Seahawk (based at RNAS Culdrose) and sea cadets from across the county on parade at Madron Church

  • OC Tristan Lane holds the Nelson banner. This is a copy of the original, now protected at Penlee House Museum in Penzance

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A celebration in a Cornish village carried out to commemorate the death of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar took place yesterday.

The annual event has been carried out in Madron near Penzance since 1946. Accompanied by HMS Seahawk Volunteer Band, guards, and sea cadets marched through the village to the parish church for a service. The naval parade was followed by a civic procession and after the service a second parade took place, where Mark Garratt, commanding officer at RNAS Culdrose took the salute.

Wib Wilkins, Madron parish clerk, who organised the event, said it went well despite the damp conditions, with standing room only.

The service was taken by Reverend Christopher Goldsmith, the Bishop of St Germans.

Among the civic and military leaders at the service were Colonel Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, and Penzance Mayor Phil Rendle.

The origins of the Madron service are steeped in history. It was said that news of Nelson's death in 1805 spread quickly to Penzance.

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