Mono Monday 60 Heart of Oak.....
This week's mm challenge is Strength and as the Oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance I felt it would be a good choice. This particular fine specimen is one that I have blipped before: standing outside The King's Oak pub in High Beach, it was planted in honour of Queen Victoria when she visited here in 1882.
'Who has a heart of oak? The Navy of course! The Royal Navies of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand all share a common official march: Heart of Oak. According to the song, it's not just the ships that have hearts of oak, it's the men too.
The stirring naval anthem dates from the mid-eighteenth century and commemorates a wonderful year of victories for the Royal Navy: the Annus Mirabilis of 1759. The march is still regularly played on ceremonial occasions. The lyrics aren't too well known, and there are in fact two versions, the original words having a cheerful bravado and patriotism about them.'
Thank you again to chantler63 for hosting this week's challenge!