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Port Talbot RNLI Hold Merchant Navy Remembrance Service

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 2nd September the lifeboat station held its annual Merchant Navy Day service at the lifeboat station.

Standard bearers from the various organisations

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The Colour Party
The service remembers all those seamen from Neath Port Talbot who lost their lives in the two World wars and has been held at the station for the last fifteen years. In front of a good crowd the Reverend Phil Denyer, station chaplain and chaplain to the South Wales Ports, took the service. Halfway through the service wreaths were laid at the base of the memorial plaque, by those attending, which contains the names of 45 local seamen who lost their lives. Once this was done the bugler sounded the 'Last Post', standards were lowered and a two minute silence was observed. Thereafter the bugler sounded 'Reveille', the standards were raised and the service continued with the singing of two hymns and then ended. Refreshments were then served in the station.
Amongst those attending were the Mayor and Mayoress of Neath Port Talbot, The Vice and Deputy Lord Lieutenants of West Glamorgan, The Assembly member for the area, local councillors, and representatives from the RNLI, Coastguard, Sea cadets, Royal British Legion and members of the public.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

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