On September 2nd our Branch Standard was paraded by Malcolm Wells at this years annual Merchant Navy Day service which was held in Dover’s town hall.
This service gives thanks to all past and present members of the MN, and to remember the 35000 who lost their lives at sea during WW2.
There were sixteen other veterans and association standards present at the service which was conducted by the Reverends Dr John Walker and Mandy Reynolds. Mr Don Hunter MN (retired) the founder of the Dover and District MN Memorial Fund, gave a short talk on his own experiences during the war and gave the Exhortation. Many local dignitaries were present including Cllr Sue Chandler, Chairman of DDC.
Refreshments were served in the adjoining Connaught hall on completion of the service and where a ‘tot of rum’ was also made available.
On conclusion of these events those attending proceeded by coach and car to the Marine Parade on Dover’s sea front where a further short service took place at the MN Memorial which included the laying of wreaths there, and at the nearby garden and plaque dedicated to the Royal Norwegian Navy, where a serving officer of the RNN laid a wreath.
Brian ‘Billy’ Walker sounded the bugle calls at both events, and we thank him for his continued attendance at these services.
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