Words of hero returned to home waters

North-East hero Admiral Lord Collingwood's dispatch from Trafalgar which reduced King George III to tears was returned to Tyneside yesterday.

North-East hero Admiral Lord Collingwood's dispatch from Trafalgar which reduced King George III to tears was returned to Tyneside yesterday.

The original dispatch was written aboard HMS Euryalus in the aftermath of the battle.

Newcastle-born Collingwood, seriously injured and fighting to save the battered British Fleet from one of the worst storms on record, wrote to tell the country of "a complete and glorious victory" - and Lord Nelson's death.

The dispatch is kept in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and yesterday copies were brought to Tyneside to mark Collingwood's key role at Trafalgar, and his command of the Mediterranean fleet from then until his death in 1810.

Alex Price and Peter Warwick, dressed in 18th Century naval uniform, accompanied the dispatches.

Peter represented Collingwood's flag captain Edward Rotherham, from Hexham, and Alex played Lieut John Lapenotiere, who carried the original dispatch by sea and by road to the Admiralty and the King.

The party then sailed to HMS Calliope on Gateshead Quayside for a ceremony commemorating the 300 or so Geordies who fought at Trafalgar in 1805.

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