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Weymouth, Portland & District Branch of the Merchant Navy Association would like to express their sincere appreciation for the support provided by the sponsors listed below. Their generous contributions have made it possible, in just eight short months, to achieve the Branch’s dream of raising sufficient funds for the erection of a memorial on Weymouth seafront to the crews of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who gave their lives during two world wars and the Falklands conflict. The memorial was unveiled on the 9th of November 2016, in time for Remembrance Sunday on the 13th. The list is in alphabetical order:
Albion Stone All those Pubs and Clubs which displayed money collection boxes All those members of the public who have donated so generously Argos ASDA Supermarket Bluebird Coaches Brittany Ferries Came Down Golf Club Condor Ferries Design & Print Solutions Dorset Echo Gala Bingo Howleys Toyshop Judi Gifford Mallams Restaurant Mary Tolley Morrisons Supermarket Mud Sweat & Gears Portland Court Leet Steve Crane Tesco Supermarket The Dolphin Hotel The Mayor and Mayoress of Weymouth The Royal Oak The White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney Waitrose Supermarket Wessex FM Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Weymouth Operatic Society Weymouth Pavilion Wyke Smugglers
Heroes by David Partridge Don't speak to me of heroes until you've heard the tale Of Britain's merchant seamen who sailed through storm and gale To keep those lifelines open in our hour of need When a tyrant cast a shadow across our Island breed Captains, greasers, cabin boys, mates and engineers Heard the call to duty and cast aside their fears They stoked those hungry boilers and stood behind the wheel While cooks and stewards manned the guns on coffins made of steel They moved in icy convoys from Scapa to Murmansk And crossed the western ocean, never seeking thanks. They sailed the South Atlantic where raiders lay in wait And kept the food lines open from Malta to the Cape. Tracked by silent U-boats which hunted from below, Shelled by mighty cannons and fighter's flying low, They clung to burning lifeboats when the sea had turned to flame And watched their ship mates disappear to everlasting fame. I speak not of a handful but 3O,OOO plus, Some whose names we'll never know in whom we placed our trust. They never knew the honour of medals on their chests Or marching bands and victory and glory and the rest. The ocean is their resting place, their tombstone is the wind, The seabirds cry their last goodbye to family and friend. Freighters, troopships, liners and tankers by the score, Fishing boats and coasters, 2OOO ships and more They flew the Red Duster as they sank beneath the waves And took those countless heroes to lonely ocean graves. Their legacy is freedom to those who hold it dear To walk with clear horizons and never hide in fear So when you speak of heroes remember those at sea From Britain's Merchant Navy who died to keep us free.
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Updated 12.7.2019
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