trafalgardaybargemansIslanders are being invited to celebrate Britain’s greatest naval victory at The Bargeman’s Rest on Sunday 26th October, raising funds for Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat.

Enjoy a hearty full roast dinner and pudding at the Admirals Table, with traditional shanty singing, to mark the 209th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar; where Lord Nelson defeated the might of the French and Spanish fleets in 1805.

The Trafalgar Drummer will ‘beat to quarters’ at 12:50, calling everyone to take their place around the Admirals Table. Between courses The Guith Shantymen will be performing sea shanties whilst John White, a former Master at Arms on HMS Victory and well known Nelson expert, tells tales of life at sea, bloody battles and raises toasts after each course.

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After the ‘Loyal Toast’, sit back and watch The Guith Shantymen perform a full set followed by The Brighstone Barnacles, singing songs of the sea, shanties and historical ditties. As a finale both groups will perform together and all will be welcome to get involved and join in!

Andrew Gibbs, owner of The Bargeman’s Rest commented:

“The great Battle of Trafalgar should be remembered and honoured each year and it’s appropriate that we will be raising funds to support the Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat. The Island is reliant on our lifeboats to keep our seas safe and this independent crew relies entirely on fundraising and donations from the public.”

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