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New road signs to honour Nelson
Lord Nelson
Lord Nelson was killed by a French sniper's bullet
Road signs to commemorate Norfolk as the birthplace of Lord Nelson have been officially unveiled.

Horatio Nelson, born in Burnham Thorpe, saved Britain from the threat of invasion by Napoleon in the 1800s, but died in battle at Trafalgar in 1805.

The signs - which will be installed at up to 28 locations - also mark the start of bicentenary celebrations of the Royal Navy's Trafalgar victory.

Businessman Bernard Matthews unveiled the first signs at Scole on Thursday.

Famous son

The leader of Norfolk County Council Alison King said: "Nelson was a true national hero who played a vital role in keeping our country free.

"He was very proud of his Norfolk background and I think that the time is right to celebrate our most famous son's association with the county."

Nelson, who was the son of a clergyman, joined the Navy at the age of 12, became a captain when he was 20, and saw service in the West Indies, the Baltic and Canada.

Over the period 1794 to 1805, under Nelson's leadership, the British Navy proved its supremacy over the French in a series of battles.

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