Battle hero honoured

HERO Captain Nathaniel Darell - the man who was victorious in the last invasion of England by a foreign force - has been honoured in the town where the battle happened.

HERO Captain Nathaniel Darell - the man who was victorious in the last invasion of England by a foreign force - has been honoured in the town where the battle happened.

Executives and community leaders gathered at the Port of Felixstowe to see a new locomotive named after Capt Darell.

The ceremony was held in the port's historic Dock Basin and attended by the deputy mayor of Felixstowe, Mike Deacon, and members of Landguard Fort Trust, the Felixstowe History and Museum Society, and Felixstowe Society, as well as port bosses.

The idea to remember Captain Darell and his victory 340 years ago in this way was the brainchild of local historian and member of Landguard Fort Trust, George Buckland.

David Gledhill, chief operating officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said: “It is with great pleasure that we are able to make George's dream come true.

“It is particularly pertinent that the naming ceremony is taking place on Darell's Day, which is celebrated annually at Landguard Fort, to commemorate the day in 1667 when Captain Nathaniel Darell and 500 brave men repelled the Dutch invasion.”

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Locomotive '08484' provides support to the Port of Felixstowe's existing shunting loco, Colonel Tomline, to ensure that a reliable service is maintained to customers across the port's south and north rail terminals.

The Dutch invaders who landed at Felixstowe with cutlasses drawn tried to scale the walls of the fort but were successfully defeated by Capt Darell and his men.