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.
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.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.