Sunderland to raise the flag in tribute on Trafalgar Day

Sunderland Civic Centre.
Sunderland Civic Centre.
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Sunderland will raise the flag tomorrow to help mark national Trafalgar Day - commemorating one of the country's most famous naval victories.

The event marks the day, when on October 21, 1805, the Royal Navy - commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson - defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Annual civic commemorations of Trafalgar Day take place across the country and naval bases around the world.

The Red Ensign will be raised outside Sunderland Civic Centre on Friday as part of the commemorative events and celebrations.

Sunderland Mayor Alan Emerson, who has been invited to represent the people of Sunderland at the annual, regional Trafalgar Day event held at the Collingwood Monument in Tynemouth, said: "Our city has played a huge part in our country's maritime and naval heritage, and flying the flag on Trafalgar Day at the civic centre helps symbolise that close relationship with the Royal Navy and all our armed forces.

"I hope seeing the flag will encourage people to reflect on the massively important part the battle had on our nation's history, and the sacrifices made by all those who have served this country over the centuries from our city and local communities."