NEL­SON’S FLAG ON SHOW

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A French flag given to Nor­wich by Ad­mi­ral Lord Nel­son is on show this sum­mer for the first time in a cen­tury. The en­sign of gun ship Le Généreux is thought to be one of the ear­li­est tri­colours in ex­is­tence. Af­ter cap­ture in 1800, Lord Nel­son and his flag cap­tain, Ed­ward Berry, sent it to the city. Con­ser­va­tion­ists found splin­ters from bat­tle-dam­aged ships and traces of gun­pow­der when pre­par­ing the 16m by 8.3m flag for dis­play in the Nor­wich Cas­tle Mu­seum (29 July un­til 1 Oc­to­ber). Fundrais­ing is un­der­way to en­able the flag to be kept on per­ma­nent dis­play.

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