Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Trafalgar Day Celebration - 25th October 2009 advance notice.

On Sunday 25th October, Birmingham will again celebrate the victory of Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of October 1805.
The fourth great grandson of Admiral Horatio Nelson, John Raglan Horatio Tribe, will be present and will lay the wreath on behalf of the Nelson Society.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the unveiling of the kingdom's first statue to the memory of Lord Nelson and a commemorative medal has been struck to mark the occasion.

The schedule is as follows:

10.30 am

Participants assemble – HMS Forward, SCC et al

10.55 am

Lord Mayor of Birmingham and civic party arrive from St Martin’s Church together via Spiceal Street

11.00 am

The Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Hartland, welcomes everyone and introduces speakers as shown below, who are preceeded by The National Anthem led by baritone, Mr Joe Kennedy.

- Lord Mayor of Birmingham
- Commander Robert Noble RD, RN, CO of HMS Forward
- Rev Ray Price to say Grace

11.20 am

Wreath Laying by organisations:

- Lord Mayor for the City of Birmingham
- Commander R. Noble RD RN for the Royal Navy
- Sea Cadet Corps
- Mr Doc Holliday for The Birmingham Nautical Club
- The Nelson Society
- Mr Glyn Pitchford for The Birmingham Civic Society
- Mr Darren Reynolds for The Royal Society of St George, City of Birmingham Branch
- Mrs Joyce Sale for Birmingham St George’s Day Association
- Boy Scouts & Girl Guides

Minute Silence and Last Retreat/Reveille

11.40 am

March off to Victoria Square for the Lord Mayor to take the salute

From the start of the day the statue of Lord Nelson will be garlanded with flowers in the Birmingham tradition.

(Stephen Hartland - event organizer)