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Remembering The Merchant Navy

As part of the annual remembrance of the acts of bravery and sacrifice of the Merchant Navy during both world wars, a ceremony was held at The Memorial Gardens in Wide Bargate today.

The service was conducted by Father Paul Noble of St Nicholas' Church, Skirbeck, with a welcome address from Boston and South Lincolnshire Merchant Navy Association Chairman, Roy Glencross.

In the address, RMS Olympic, sister ship of the Titanic and Britannic, was recognised as the only merchant ship to sink an enemy warship during the first World War. She served as a troop carrier and earned the nickname "Old Reliable", carrying thousands of Canadians to the front.

The Mayor of Boston and Admiral of the Wash, Cllr Bernard Rush read the opening prayer and was joined by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Toby Dennis and Alexandra Hern from The Merchant Navy Association.

Following the Last Post and laying of the wreath, Father Paul Noble closed the ceremony with blessings.

Also attending the ceremony was the Mayoress of Boston, Mrs Jayne Rush, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Barrie Pierpoint and Deputy Mayoress June Petherick, Royal British Legion Boston Branch President, Don Ransome and representatives of the Sea Cadets.

Merchants Navy Day is on Sunday, September 3.

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