Tragic seamen remembered during memorial service in Hartlepool

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MERCHANT seafarers and fishermen who have lost their lives at sea have been remembered at a memorial service.

The service was held on Sunday at the Merchant Seamen’s Memorial, at the end of Jacksons Landing, in Hartlepool, and dozens of people attended.

The Reverend Chris Collison, priest-in-charge at St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, led the service, which was also attended by the Sea Cadets band plus council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher and the town’s ceremonial mayor, Stephen Akers-Belcher.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, who is also Labour group leader, said: “It was a real honour to be invited to the annual remembrance service to remember merchant seafarers and fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.

“It was very appropriate that the service was held at the memorial and it was a very moving and emotional ceremony.”

Organisers said the service, which included a remembrance of past seafarers and a celebration of seafarers today, is a chance to remember those people and remember the seafarers that always take risks.

The names on the memorial are of merchant seafarers from Hartlepool who died at sea during war, fishermen or members of the public who also lost their lives at sea.