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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.''

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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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