2015 Merchant Navy Day

This years Commemorative Service for the Merchant Navy Day was held in Dover town hall on Thursday 3 September at 1030hrs.
There were eleven Standards present, with our Branch Standard paraded by ‘Dusty’ Miller, and also in attendance to represent the Branch were Bob Davies, Ben Stones and ‘Timber’ Wood.
The service was led by The Reverend David Ridley, and Mr Donald Hunter, the founder of the Dover and District Merchant Navy Memorial Fund, gave a short talk on his experiences at sea during WW2, and gave the Exhortation. The closing address was given by Cllr Sue Chandler, Chairman of Dover District Council.
On completion of the service light refreshments, which included a ‘tot of rum’ were served in the adjoining Connaught hall.

Those attending then proceeded by Coach, or private car to the Marine Parade on the sea front, where at 1200hrs a wreath laying service took place at the MN Memorial to the 35000 merchant navy seamen who gave their lives during the Second World War.
The Standards were once again on parade, and Bryan ‘Billy’ Walker sounded the Bugle calls at both services.

A wreath was also laid at the Memorial Plaque to the Royal Norwegian Navy by a serving member of the RNN. This small memorial stands in their Garden of Remembrance which is close to the MN Memorial.
Those who go down to the sea in Ships
and ply their trade in great waters,
Those have seen the works of the Lord
and his wonders in the deep.

Psalm 107 . 23 - 24

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