The Northumbria Club welcomed a most distinguished guest speaker in Vice Admiral Sir Neville Purvis KCB to its guest night meeting at the Oriental Club.
The subject of his talk was Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood. Collingwood is most famous for being Nelson’s number two at the Battle of Trafalgar but was also a notable Northumbrian.
Born in Newcastle, an old boy of the RGS, he had homes in Morpeth andChirton, and his statue still stands on the north bank of the Tyne overlooking the mouth of the river.
Sir Neville is known to be a speaker who is both erudite and amusing. He gave a great account of Collingwood’s life and career that was both informative and sometimes moving.
He dealt in detail with Collingwood’s relationship with Nelson, including quoting extensively from the extraordinary epitaph to Nelson penned by Collingwood the day after Nelson’s death at the battle of Trafalgar. He also gave us a great insight into Collingwood the man, and in particular the intense professional pressures he was subject to after Nelson’s death.
It was an outstanding talk from Sir Neville and the whole evening was much enjoyed by the 34 club members and their guests.
The next meeting of the Northumbria Club will be the AGM to be held on June 11.
Further details of this meeting and the Northumbria Club may be found on our website www.northumbriaclub.org