Monday, August 29

Of Torrington and Trafalgar

Amazingly a replica of Nelson's HMS Victory was set alight in front of thousands of spectators to mark the Battle of Trafalgar's 200th anniversary.

The Torrington Cavaliers fund-raising group, of Devon, hoped to raise £57,000 on behalf of a cancer charity - the cost of the original Victory - with the event in the town.

The group spent two years building the 100ft-long half-size mock-up.

What the French - Spanish Fleet failed to achieve in 1805 the residents of Torrington achieved last Saturday. One can not help commenting that it is a strange way of celebrating the great Naval victory.

Perharps Torrington is twinned with Trafalgar and the firing a half size model of Nelson's flagship is a new euro bonding exercise.

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