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News Report Page 5 of 10
Publication Date:- 2018-21-04
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Mersey Ferries to honour centenary anniversary of daring Zeebrugge Raid

A ceremony and parade to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid; a daring attempt to blockade German forces at the Belgian port during World War 1, will take place along the River Mersey this weekend.

Honouring the critical wartime mission, which took place towards the end of the 1st World War, the ferries will be at the centre of the anniversary event taking place, on Sunday, 22 April 2018, in recognition of the vital role they played in a top secret mission.

Following a short wreath laying service on the River Mersey, there will be a Centenary Service, at the Zeebrugge Memorial Stone, at the Seacombe Ferry Terminal, at 11.00am.

Service personnel including members of the Royal Marines, Royal Navy, and other military veterans will be in attendance, and with members of the local community also invited to attend the service.

An exhibition for the public, by the Wirral Historic Society on Monday, 23 April 2018, will also take place at Seacombe Ferry Terminal from 11.00am until 1.00pm.

Gary Evans from Mersey Ferries siad that:- "The Mersey Ferries have an incredible legacy, and we're very honoured to be involved in such an important commemoration. The HMS Iris and HMS Daffodil received their "Royal" statuses in recognition of this daring World War 1 raid, so we're proud to pay tribute to not only to their role, but to the brave servicemen and women who risked everything. The Zeebrugge Raid was hailed as a major triumph in the Allied campaign's war effort, and these two commemorative events give us an opportunity to remember all those people involved in World War One. We would welcome members of the public joining us at the Seacombe service to pay their respects."

The Mersey Ferries received Royal statuses for their role in the courageous Zeebrugge Raid, which saw them sail across the Channel to take part in a top secret attack on the coastal Belgian port. The ferries Iris and Daffodil, built in 1906, were aiming to prevent German U-boats from attacking Allied shipping boats in the English Channel and the South Western approaches to the UK.

The ferries were chosen because of their double hulls and low draught in the water,

meaning they could carry large numbers of marines and sailors to the heart of the action.

Both ferries were awarded the 'Royal' prefix, a unique distinction, which recognises their contribution to the raid. Whilst both vessels sustained significant damage, they made the journey home to Liverpool be reconditioned before returning to normal duties after the war.


Southport girl reunited with 'lost bike' at Cash Converters

LILY Williams from Southport is delighted to be reunited with her stolen bike courtesy of Cash Converters, in Southport, after noticing it was missing, on Tuesday, 27 February 2018.

When an opportunist brought the bike into the Southport branch of Cash Converters to sell, the Assistant Store Manager Robert Wearing found it suspicious. Later that day, Robert found a plea to find a missing bike in a local buy, sell and swap group on Facebook and recognised it as the bike that was brought into the Southport store.

Robert passed this information over to the Store Manager John Bentley, who messaged Lilly on Facebook asking her to come into the store to identify the bike. The store then went above and beyond and contacted the police to come into the store to review the evidence and footage, to close off the stolen item claim.

After a number of weeks, the management team agreed the bike should be returned to the rightful owner immediately, as a gesture of goodwill.

Steve Old, Cash Converters Area Manager, said:- "I am really pleased we have a happy ending to this situation and that Cash Converters has helped recover Lily's bike. "Excellent work by Rob who went above and beyond to search out this young lady. Thankfully we have been able to provide the Police with address and photo of the individual, and hope they use that to press charges. To Lily; I hope Rob has made the right impression on you of what we are all about at Cash Converters."

Cash Converters nationwide states it will provide details of thieves directly to the Police and aims to ensure customers feel safe to buy where thorough checks are put in place.

 
      
 
   
 
 
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