Remembering a very special naval hero in Portsmouth

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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.

After''Nelson gets a make-over ready for the centenary celebrations!'' ''The National Museum of the Royal Navy will be looking its best for the centenary celebrations and the figurehead of HMS Trafalgar in Victory Arena is no exception as Figurehead Historian, Richard Hunter, has been bringing the bust of Lord Nelson back to its former glory.'' ''Richard and his colleague Philip Hudson attracted a lot of visitor attention and questions as they spent over a week on site, painting the figurehead with fast drying enamel paint that should ensure the figurehead's future for the next decade.'' ''One of Richard's favourite parts of the process is painting the faces as many of them have lost their character and he can help bring them back to life. Eagle-eyed visitors will also notice that this time around Nelson is without detail of his right eye&as per the original figurehead of 1841. Nelson famously lost the sight in his right eye at the siege of Calvi on 10 July 1794 and this is how sailors would have recognised t

After''Nelson gets a make-over ready for the centenary celebrations!'' ''The National Museum of the Royal Navy will be looking its best for the centenary celebrations and the figurehead of HMS Trafalgar in Victory Arena is no exception as Figurehead Historian, Richard Hunter, has been bringing the bust of Lord Nelson back to its former glory.'' ''Richard and his colleague Philip Hudson attracted a lot of visitor attention and questions as they spent over a week on site, painting the figurehead with fast drying enamel paint that should ensure the figurehead's future for the next decade.'' ''One of Richard's favourite parts of the process is painting the faces as many of them have lost their character and he can help bring them back to life. Eagle-eyed visitors will also notice that this time around Nelson is without detail of his right eye&as per the original figurehead of 1841. Nelson famously lost the sight in his right eye at the siege of Calvi on 10 July 1794 and this is how sailors would have recognised t

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.