Friday, October 21, 2005
The 21st of October is my birthday and for that reason I believe it should be a public holiday. It is also Trafalgar Day and for that reason many people believe it should be a public holiday. I understand that the reason Trafalgar Day is NOT a public holiday is that we may upset our continental cousins (and many more would argue that is sufficient reason itself for making it a public holiday ;-) ).
Joking aside, today is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson (1805). Birmingham has many associations with this historical battle. Buckles and buttons for the uniforms were made here, as were the medals issued to the seamen. Many Birmingham men served at Trafalgar and one ship was captained by a West Bromwich man. And today Birmingham remembered.
Wreaths shown here are from l-r rear: Midlands Branch of the Maritime Society and Sea Cadets, West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Fire Service, the Royal Navy, Royal Navy Reserves. Front: Royal Society of St George, Birmingham St George's Day Association, The Birmingham Civic Society.