City's salute to fallen war heroes
THEY gathered in numbers yesterday to remember those who gave their lives during the Second World War, along with other conflicts.
Civic dignitaries took their place alongside city branch members of the Merchant Navy Association for the annual outdoor service of remembrance and thanksgiving held at the SA1 Memorial to the Merchant Seamen and Fishermen of Swansea.
Civic leaders were among those laying wreaths at the foot of the memorial and the Last Post sounded out.
There was also another lingering point of poignancy when secretary Dave Thompson-Jones read out the names of those with branch connections who have passed away since its formation in 1997.
Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan, Byron Lewis said: "It is our honour and duty to pay tribute to those who did so much to protect the freedom of future generations."
The service was conducted by Canon Keith Evans, Vicar of All Saints Church in Oystermouth. He too paid tribute to the sacrifices made by the Merchant Navy.
Branch committee member Ted Holley said: "It is important to keep having this to remember the people who lost their lives. Some of them were 16 years old. It took a long time to get the memorial, but we got it."