Celebrations at fort to mark Trafalgar Day

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THE Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will mark Lord Nelson’s famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar with the firing of a 208-year-old gun.

A uniformed gun crew will fire the restored 12-pounder gun at the fort, near Fareham, at midday, 1pm, and 3pm on Sunday, October 20 to mark Trafalgar Day, which falls on the following day.

Parking and museum admission are free.

Royal Armouries’ Keeper of Artillery Nicholas Hall said: ‘The crew from the re-enactment group, Ubique Right of the Line, will wear uniform dating to the period and the gun firings promise to be quite a spectacle.’

On Trafalgar Day itself, a service will be held at the monument at 10.45am, led by a naval chaplain and organised by HMS Collingwood and the Nelson Society, including wreath laying.