Happy birthday Horatio!

Villagers in Nelson's childhood home have grand plans celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Britain's greatest naval hero next weekend. A concert with the Solstice Quartet and soprano Sylvia O'Brien will be held in the church where his father was rector and where he visited as a young lad.

Villagers in Nelson's childhood home have grand plans celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Britain's greatest naval hero next weekend.

A concert with the Solstice Quartet and soprano Sylvia O'Brien will be held in the church where his father was rector and where he visited as a young lad. This has been organised under the auspices of the Burnham Market Concerts and promoted by Jenni Wake-Walker.

The programme will include works by Haydn, Beethoven and a piece specially composed for this occasion by Josph Phibbs.

On the Sunday, there will be a commemorative service. This will be attended by members of the 1805 Club, who are celebrating the weekend at King's Lynn.


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The mayor and mayoress, the deputy mayor and deputy mayoress of King's Lynn and West Norfolk will be present with their mace and sword bearers. The Dean of Norwich Cathedral will be preaching and the cathedral choir will be leading the singing.

His actual birthday is on the Monday, and, after school, village children are invited to the village hall where they will be given mementos donated by the Nelson Society and church. These will be presented by Lord Walpole, the Chairman of the Nelson Society and the Lord of the Manor of Burnham Thorpe and Lady Anne Glenconner, a village resident.

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Members of the Nelson Society will visit the church for a short service which will be taken by the rector, Canon Jonathan Charles. They will then go to the Nelson Memorial Hall to join invited village residents and the children to participate in the birthday celebrations.

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