Ceremony raises a glass to toast a hero

Captain Andy Jordan, Royal Navy, Commanding Officer HMS Collingwood and Captain Stephen Healy, Master at the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House raise a glass of 'grog' to toast Vice-Admiral  Lord Cuthbert Collingwood at the Collingwood monument at the mouth of the River Tyne. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Captain Andy Jordan, Royal Navy, Commanding Officer HMS Collingwood and Captain Stephen Healy, Master at the Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity House raise a glass of 'grog' to toast Vice-Admiral Lord Cuthbert Collingwood at the Collingwood monument at the mouth of the River Tyne. Picture by John Tuttiett.

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Dignitaries gathered at a special ceremony to toast one of the region’s most famous war heroes.

Honoured guests and members of the public gathered at the Collingwood Monument in Tynemouth for the annual Trafalgar Day ‘Toast the Admiral’ event.

It took place at noon on Wednesday, October 21 – marking the time and date the first shot was fired in the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.

Chair of North Tyneside Council, Coun Gary Bell, said: “The council hosts this special event to commemorate Trafalgar Day and raise awareness of the achievements our very own Admiral Collingwood and his place in the nation’s history.

“Our pride in our maritime history is also matched with our pride in our Royal Navy.

“It was with great pride that we welcomed Captain Andy Jordan Royal Navy, the Commanding Officer for HMS Collingwood to address this year’s event – I’m sure Admiral Collingwood would have approved.”