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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council held a service delivered by The Reverend Nicholas Jones, Vicar of Burry Port with Pwll and Local Ministry Area Dean of Bro-Gwendraeth, for Merchant Navy Day at the Memorial Gardens on Friday 30th August 2019.
The well attended event honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted.
Members from the Swansea and Newport Branch’s of the Merchant Navy Association were in attendance with flag bearers carrying each branch’s Merchant Navy Standard.
Following a minute’s silence and the last post played by Mike Thorne, the Red Ensign was raised by the Deputy Mayor Cllr Lisa Mitchell to fly at the Memorial Gardens over the next week.
Joining the service this year were members of Burry Port Male Voice Choir who added an extra depth to such an important event. Singing with the congregation Cwm Rhondda and Calon Lan and performing a mesmerising rendition of ‘O Gymru’.
Mayor of Pembrey and Burry Port, Cllr Peter Freeman gave a sincere vote of thanks to all who attended and participated in the service. Cllr Richard Adler read the message by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Cllr Lisa Mitchell read the poignant poem ‘Under the Red Duster’ written by Roy May.
The service was also attended by Cllr and Mrs Kevin Madge, Chair and Consort of Carmarthenshire County Council, County Councillors, Town Councillors and members of the public. Following the service, light refreshments were served in the Memorial Hall.