Members of the Watch Ashore’s Glasgow and Edinburgh branches are pictured attending the wreath-laying ceremony at Scotland’s Merchant Navy Memorial in Leith following the annual Scottish Seafarer’ Service on Sunday 21 November.
National chairwoman Margaret Gray, who is pictured with the group, told the Telegraph: ‘The memorial is a wonderful achievement for the MB Memorial Trust, who did marvellous work in achieving the building of the memorial so quickly die to generous donations, and we were delighted as an association to attend.’
The memorial was unveiled and dedicated by the Princess Royal on 16 November, who spike of the sacrifice of seafarers during conflict and of the continuing hazards of life at sea.
The Watch Ashore was formed in 1933 and has a long history of association with the MN. It consists of wives, partners, sisters and mothers of MN officers, campaigning throughout the years for better conditions on ships and for the rights of officers, as well as enjoying companionship and support for one another.
It continues to look for new members and there are branches through the country – including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Humber, Cardiff, London, Southampton and Plymouth.
Chairman Mrs Margaret Gray will again be laying a wreath on the Sunday 20th November 2011