Members of Merchant Navy honoured with ceremony by Vale of Glamorgan Council
A crowd of Vale of Glamorgan Council members gathered outside Barry’s Civic Centre at the Merchant Navy Monument to remember members of the Merchant Navy who gave their lives for us.
On Friday 1 September, a crowd of council representatives and members of the public paid their respects to members of the Merchant Navy and those of the earlier Mercantile Marine.
Rev Chris Seaton guided the service, alongside Pastor Mike Holmes.
Vale of Glamorgan Council leader John Thomas, with MD Rob Thomas, at the memorial
They were joined by Colin Jones – HM Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Jo Norton – Merchant Navy representative, Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Cllr Janice Charles, Leader of the Council, Councillor John Thomas, Managing Director Rob Thomas and the Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP, who took part in the formal ceremony preceded the laying of wreaths at the Memorial.
The Naval prayer read by Ross Cleland MN, followed the Last Post , before ceremony ended with both The Welsh and English national anthem.
“Today we gather to commemorate Merchant Navy Day, to pay homage to all those Seafarers who set sail from these Islands. For the many who gave of their lives on the Atlantic Convoys of World War Two, for those who lost their lives during World War One and for those who in recent conflicts have given of the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.” - Mayor of Vale of Glamorgan, Cllr Janice Charles.
Barry’s Merchant Navy Memorial was built 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 of whom sailed from the port, but did not return. The Merchant Navy tribute paid homage to all of those that did not return.
Councillors, Jane Hutt AM, Alun Cairns MP and others
“The Merchant Navy Day service is a way for us to give thanks and appreciate the sacrifices made by Merchant seamen from across the Vale of Glamorgan”.
“It is an opportunity to pay our respects to everyone who gave their lives in both World Wars, the role which the Merchant Navy played and still plays today is often overlooked but this service keeps that contribution in our thoughts.” - Leader of the Council, Councillor John Thomas.