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Merchant seamen are honoured at service.

MEMBERS of the Merchant Navy have been honoured with a special memorial service and reception.

Around 100 former merchant seamen took part in a parade around Cardiff Bay yesterday, followed by a service at the Merchant Navy memorial and a reception in the assembly milling area hosted by the Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd ElisThomas, and First Minister Rhodri Morgan.

Lord Elis-Thomas said: ``It is important for the National Assembly to recognise the immense contribution made by merchant seamen during World War II and the strong local links with the Merchant Navy. I am pleased to welcome these former seamen, to whom the country owes so much, to the assembly.''

Charlie Gale, a Cardiff councillor and former merchant seaman, added: ``I wrote to the Presiding Officer saying that I felt some sort of tribute would be appropriate and I'm delighted that the assembly is honouring merchant seamen in this way.''


IMMENSE CONTRIBUTION Former Merchant Navy seamen were paid tribute by the National Assembly at a parade service. PICTURE: Malcolm Morgan
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 18, 2002
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