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Dedicating A Memorial to the Fallen - Commemorating all Merchant Seamen lost at Sea
Sunday 29th August 2010
At one point it seemed as though the wind and rain might conspire to spoil the event,
but calm prevailed, the sky turned to blue, and the dedication of the new Merchant
Navy Memorial in the Memorial Gardens, London Square, Southport, took place in nearly
1100 hours, on Sunday 28th August, saw Captain Neil McQuaid and a Lions Crew mustering
for the dedication service in the Garden of Remembrance in London Square. The colours
and banners of the Merchant Navy Association, and various sections of the Royal British
Legion, were paraded from the colonnade of the War Memorial, through the Garden,
to the new Memorial. The Colours were dipped, the Last Post was played, and the Memorial
Guest of Honour at the dedication was the Worshipful the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor
Maureen Fearn, who inspected the Colour Party, and paid tribute to the service of
those to whom the Memorial is dedicated. She recalled her own wartime experiences
in Liverpool, and the debt owed by all of us to the Merchant services.
From the Lions perspective, it was gratifying that, right at the start of the proceedings,
thanks were given to Southport Lions for the donation which had made the event possible.
The Lions logo is visible for all to see on the lower edge of the Memorial stone.