Greetings Chipsters on this very special day for all of us who live in the Portsmouth area.
In my opinion it should be celebrated farther afield, but it won’t be.
Do you know what I’m talking about?
Bet you thought the only dates of any significance at this time of year were: half-term, Halloween and bonfire night.
Well, October 21 is Trafalgar Day and it is probably the most important day in our great maritime calendar.
There were even moves a few years ago to make today a bank holiday – now wouldn’t that be great – another day off school.
Today we are celebrating the marvellous victory won by the Royal Navy under Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.
I know, it must seem a very long time ago – 209 years to be precise – but here in Portsmouth there is a very tangible memory of that battle.
How many of you have been taken to visit Nelson’s flagship on that day, HMS Victory, one of the top attractions in our Historic Dockyard.
If you have not taken the tour of the most famous ship in our nautical history, why not pester your parents to take you during half-term.
You’ll discover what it was like to sail in this great ship and get a little taste of the conditions the sailors experienced during the battle.
Happy Trafalgar Day. Chip chip for now. Chipper.