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No Flowers for Admiral Collingwood – but he gets a Bust, so all is fine. 5 March, 2013

Posted by Molly Joyful in Art, Collingwood Society, Cuthbert Collingwood, Events, Royal Navy, Talks.
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First things first: I have to apologise for the radio silence. As some of you may know, the last weeks have been rather unpleasant, and I had to put my online activities on the backburner. Thanks for your understanding.

7 March is just around the corner, and that means we’ll see the 203rd anniversary of Admiral Lord Collingwood’s death. It has become a bit of a tradition to place flowers on his tomb at St. Paul’s that day, but unfortunately, Old Cuddy will have to go without flowers this year.

“What? You can’t not do that!”

Well, little did my heathen self consider that Old Cuddy died in a very inconvinient month, church-wise. Means: LENT. Means: NO FLOWERS. No flowers through lent at St. Paul’s Cathedral. They were very friendly and they do make exceptions for one day of commemoration, but I’ll be honest with you: spending £££ on flowers which would only be there for a few hours and then thrown out would be a waste of money and flowers (the later sort of going against my religious principles). I appreciate that exceptions are made – it’s not like Old Cuddy died on purpose on 7 March, after all – but I decided it makes more sense to place flowers on Collingwood’s birthday in future rather than on the anniversary of his death.

But he won’t go empty handed, because he finally gets a commemorative bust! Or rather, Morpeth gets it, thanks to many generous donors and, of course, the Collingwood Society. The bust has been created by sculptor Helen Ridehalgh and is the second of a pair cast from the same mould. The original rests on Isla del Rey in Menorca harbour.


And it goes without saying that the Society has organised many events on 7 March, the unveiling of the bust only being one of many highlights.

You can find the complete programme in all details HERE.

If you should decide to head for Morpeth, you can look forward to

a Service of commemoration and thanksgiving for the life of Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood at the Church of St. James the Great, Coppergate, Morpeth, 10.45am – 11.45am

an official civic ceremony and unveiling of the bust of Admiral Lord Collingwood, the Butter Market, Morpeth Town Hall, 12.30pm – 1.00pm (due to space restrictions, invited guests only, but the bust will be available to view after the ceremony)

Collingwood House, Oldgate, Morpeth will be open to the public between 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Society experts will be on hand to answer questions.

The Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Morpeth: afternoon programme:
1.30pm – 1.50pm: “Collingwood, a 20 minute biography”: by Andy Griffin.
1.55pm – 2.10pm: “Songs of the Sea”: Voice Male
2.15pm – 2.35pm: “Collingwood’s Midshipmen”: by Dr Tony Barrow
2.40pm – 2.55pm: “Songs of the Sea”: Voice Male
3.00pm – 3.20pm: “The Collingwood 2010 Festival”: by Capt. Stephen Healy

Please then make your way down to Newcastle for….

The 2013 Collingwood Lecture: “Collingwood – A Very Private Hero”, delivered by Max Adams, courtesy of the Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. 7.30pm, in the main hall. Free for Society members and school staff and pupils, £2 admission charge for others. The inaugural Collingwood lecture was delivered as part of the Collingwood 2010 Festival and this, the second lecture, promises to be a prestigious event in the Society’s first year programme.


Coming up next: strange things. Very strange things!



1. Jen - 8 March, 2013

I heard that various people who shouldn’t have been there at all just wandered into the unveiling, but sadly I wasn’t one of them…

Anyway, apologies to those I promised programmes from Trafalgar Day – they’ve only just reemerged from their safe keeping place – but you do now get a bonus order of service and programme from yesterday, if I can get the envelopes unstuck…

2. ShipRat - 11 March, 2013

A few days late with my observance, but I don’t think the old chieftain will mind, because I am going to introduce one of his favourite subjects.

I read your announcement and couldn’t help wondering: How do they feel about cabbages? :-)
Which put me in mind of a music hall number…

Here it is as sung by Florrie Ford in 1919:
(click the “play” icon next to the song title)

A little scratchy, so here are the lyrics:

Verse 1:

You’ve had lots of songs about roses,
And songs about violets blue.
You’ve had lots of songs about chrys-an-the-mums,
And songs about daf-fo-dils, too.
But I’ve got a flow’r song that you shouldn’t miss.
They’re my favorite flow’rs and the chorus is this:


Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots,
Car-rots, and Ca-beans and Cab-ba-ges,
Sweet-est of flow’rs that I love so.
I love to sit there and watch them grow.
Some people like rho-do-den-drums,
And some forget-me-nots,
But I’d rather have a nice plate of Ca-beef
With Cab-ba-ges, Ca-beans and Car-rots.

Verse 2:

The heart of a rose some may fancy,
But give me the heart of a sheep
Stuffed with tamaters, pataters and sprouts,
and onions that sing you to sleep.
The roses of Picardy others may please,
but I’d rather pick some nice dock and green peas.


-Wynn Stanley/Andre Allen 1919

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