Naval band in service to celebrate Nelson
THE spirit of Lord Nelson was celebrated at Exeter Cathedral in a service marking Trafalgar Day.
Hundreds of people, including Lord Mayor Cllr Rob Newby and other senior civic dignitaries as well as senior Royal Navy and Royal Marine officers and members of the public, attended the Trafalgar Day Service.
The annual event is organised by the Exeter Flotilla, an association of retired Royal Navy and Royal Marine officers and their reserves who meet once a month at Lympstone Commando Training Centre.
Music was provided by the Band of HM Royal Marines at Lympstone CTC. Music was also provided by the cathedral choir and organist.
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Chris Seaton, flotilla member and event organiser, said: "A performance by the Royal Marine Band is a core element of the service and we are pleased they support us in this way."
Last year HM Royal Marine Band Plymouth performed at the service, as the members from Lympstone were serving in Afghanistan.
"We were also very lucky that Royal Navy Historic Flight, based at RAF Yeovilton, sent a Sea Fury on a fly past," he said. "It flew quite low and then zoomed up into the air which was very dramatic."
Representatives from various associations including the Royal British Legion, the Royal Marines Association, the Sea Cadets, the White Ensign Club and other Naval and seafaring organisations were also in attendance.
And the Commanding Officer, Logistics Officer as well as 20 ratings from Exeter's adopted ship HMS Defender also attended from Portsmouth. There was also a contingent from HMS Vivid in Plymouth.
The sermon on the spirit of Nelson was given by the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan.
"He's a splendid person and gave a very good sermon which was widely appreciated," said Mr Seaton.
"Nelson was an inspirational leader who had great thought for his men. He knew their suffering. He wouldn't ask them to do anything he wouldn't have done himself. He was an inspiration for every generation."