The traditional toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood took place today at 12 noon at the front door of Collingwood House. On this day we remember the greatest naval battle in our history, one which had a significant and lasting impact on European politics – the Battle of Trafalgar. Inevitably, the name of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson is widely commemorated this day but we should recall that it was Collingwood’s ship, HMS Royal Sovereign, that first broke the Spanish line and that it was Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood who oversaw the final victory.
St Robert’s Parish recently hosted a Collingwood Dinner to celebrate our local hero. A great night was had by all and over £800 raised for the restoration of the church hall (originally part of Collingwood House). After gathering in Collingwood House for rum cocktails everyone proceeded to the school hall for a magnificent dinner. A very big thank you to everyone who helped to make it such an enjoyable evening.
6th March 2010. Fr Lawrence stands beside the monument to Admiral Lord Collingwood in St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle after taking part in the Service to mark the 200th anniversary of his death: