Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on the 3rd September has honoured our brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both world wars, other wars and conflicts, as well as celebrating our dependence on modern day seafarers. 95 % of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel that we burn, and majority of the goods and products we take for granted are carried by merchant navy shipping.
The 2019 Merchant Navy Day service took place at Dover Town Hall on the morning of Tuesday 3rd September. The RMA were represented by Bob Davies and our standard bearer ‘Dusty’ Miller. Thirteen standards were on parade and John Elms club member also laid a wreath for the Downs Branch of the Royal British Legion. A number of local dignitaries were also in attendance including Charlie Elphicke and Deal Mayor Councillor Rowbotham.
The service was led by the Reverend Dr John Walker and wreaths laid at the Dover Merchant Navy War Memorial on Dover Seafront.
The event included the laying of wreaths at the Royal Norwegian Navy Garden of Remembrance, where a short address was given by Colonel John Andreas Olsen, Defence Attache to the United Kingdom and Ireland, from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London. This Garden of Remembrance marks their time at Dover during 1940 – 45 when they were based in the town.
Tracie Thomas – RMA Committee
Photos courtesy of Bob Davies