Song written on the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. To be sung to the tune 'Chapter of Kings'.
This song celebrates the triumph of the British naval fleet, led by Horatio Nelson, against French Napoleonic forces. This victory had particular significance in Newcastle as Nelson's second in command was Newcastle born Lord Collingwood. The song refers to Collingwood as 'Our townsman and friend' and in 1805 there were great rejoicings in Newcastle as people celebrated Collingwood's part in the victory.
Throughout the Napoleonic Wars, the people of Newcastle had demonstrated their loyalty, forming themselves into an 'Armed Association' for the defence of the town. This was headed by Sir Matthew White Ridley and was called to arms in 1804 when the alarm was given all down the north-east coast that the French had landed. Although this alarm proved to be false the Association continued throughout the war.
This song is part of the John Bell Collection.