Merchant Navy Day to be marked in Liverpool

Liverpool is marking Merchant Navy Day on Sunday 3 September with a special service and wreath laying.

Merchant Navy Day is the annual celebration of the British Merchant Navy, and a memorial for the 36,000 merchant seafarers who died at sea in World War Two.

A public service which includes a sermon from Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, is taking place at Liverpool Parish Church in the city centre at noon. This will be followed by a march to the Pier Head where wreathes will be laid from 1pm.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, said: “I am honoured to be representing the city as we remember the sacrifices made by seafarers who fought for our freedom.

“Liverpool played a huge role in the Battle of the Atlantic during the second world war, and sadly many hundreds of sailors lost their lives.

“It is important that we never forget the sacrifices they made in keeping the country supplied with essentials delivered by the Atlantic convoys, and the event is an important time for reflection.”

Liverpool Waterfront