Nelson fan Shae, nine, sleeps in hero’s Burnham Market room

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A nine-year-old Nelson enthusiast who opened the world’s smallest Nelson exhibition from his bedroom has been to stay in the Burnham Market hotel room where the maritime hero once slept.

Shae Williams from Costessey, near Norwich, impressed owners of The Hoste, in Burnham Market, so much that they invited him as a VIP guest to stay in room five of the hotel, which once played host to the man himself.

Brendan Hopkins, owner of The Hoste, said: “We particularly admired Shae’s dedication and enthusiasm for history at such a young age.

“He is such an inspirational young man and we really hope his experience at The Hoste has fuelled his admiration for Nelson.”

Nelson often frequented the Hoste, formerly the Pitt Arms, when he spent time in Burnham Thorpe, where he was born in 1758.

Before being recalled to sea in 1792, he stayed overnight in room five of the hotel to catch the early morning coach to London and also used The Hoste as a recruiting post.

As well as the overnight break, Shae was invited to view the ‘Remember Nelson’ exhibition, which was curated by the Nelson Museum in Yarmouth.

The exhibition opened in April to celebrate the hotel’s connections with the maritime hero and his protégé, Captain Sir William Hoste.

Shae said: “It’s been really exciting staying in room five, just like Nelson did, and I’ve learnt even more about him.”

Shae stayed with his parents and brother at The Hoste on Friday night.

The Remember Nelson exhibition comprises a series of prints, as well as letters written by Nelson and his protégé Captain Sir William Hoste.

Many of the items on show have been loaned to The Hoste from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the Nelson Museum to be displayed.