Merchant Navy tribute to be held by the Vale of Glamorgan Council


23 August 2016


The Vale of Glamorgan Council will hold a ceremony to honour members of the Merchant Navy, and those of the earlier Mercantile Marine. Held at 11.00am on Friday, September 2, at the Merchant Navy Monument at the Civic Centre, the ceremony will remember and pay tribute to all seafarers, past and present.

The Vale will fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day, both remembering and honouring the brave merchant seafarers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, particularly those who served during both World Wars and the conflicts that have since followed.

Since 2000, and the first Merchant Navy Day, the Vale has worked with the Merchant Navy Association (Wales) to honour the brave men and women who kept our nation afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat.

This year, Seafarers UK has campaigned for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag - to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs across the UK. Parish, town, community, city and borough councils have all been invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities and governments. Barry Town Council, like the Vale of Glamorgan Council, will show their support by flying the Red Ensign at the Memorial Hall. 

The Merchant Navy Memorial at Barry was created in 1996 to commemorate the merchant seamen of Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan who died in the First and Second World Wars. The Anchor Memorial at the old dock side tributes all Seafarers; many sailed from the port, but did not return. The Merchant Navy tribute held on September 2 will pay homage to those that did not return. All members of the public are welcome to attend and pay their respects on the day.

For more information on the day, please contact Mark Petherick on 01446 709853, or e-mail