Wirral parade marking 96th anniversary of Zeebrugge mission takes place today

Wirral parade marking 96th anniversary of Zeebrugge mission takes place today

Scene from last year's march

Scene from last year's march

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A PARADE commemorating the 96th anniversary of one of The First World War's most heroic raids takes place in Wirral today.

Two Wallasey ferryboats formed part of the stronghold that stormed the German stronghold at Zeebrugge in April 1918.

The Iris and Daffodil carried Royal Marines and Bluejackets into the battle inferno and the action – is commemorated every year with a special ceremony at Seacombe Ferry Concourse.

Their crews' bravery will be remembered by the Royal Marines Reserve, who will march from Seacombe Ferry to Wallasey Town Hall later this morning.

A wreath will be laid at the Seacombe Ferry Terminal at 11am. The parade begins at 11.30am. 

At the flag pole outside Wallasey Town Hall, the Mayor Cllr Dave Mitchell will take the salute.

Residents are invited to come along at the beginning or end of the parade, and along its route, to show their support and commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, past and present.

The Zeebrugge raid took place on April 23, 1918. It was a landing that aimed to block an outlet for German U-boats and destroyers by sinking old cruisers and blockading a channel at Zeebrugge.

Vicious hand to hand fighting saw incredible heroism and the award of 200 medals for gallantry, including eight Victoria Crosses, the highest military honour for bravery.

The Mersey ferries played their part, with the original Daffodil and Iris acting as landing craft for marines and tugboats to HMS Vindictive.

They both came under heavy fire and as a result of their action King George V awarded them the title of "Royal" ferries, a unique distinction that remains to this day.

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11:29am Sun 27 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Such worthwhile acts of remembrance will start being forseeably, avoidably and indelibly tarnished come June, when the new Mayor is invested. Didn't the council leader Phil Davies consider this before endorsing Steve Foulkes?
Such worthwhile acts of remembrance will start being forseeably, avoidably and indelibly tarnished come June, when the new Mayor is invested. Didn't the council leader Phil Davies consider this before endorsing Steve Foulkes? PaulCa
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5:33pm Sun 27 Apr 14

pcs1980 says...

PaulCa wrote:
Such worthwhile acts of remembrance will start being forseeably, avoidably and indelibly tarnished come June, when the new Mayor is invested. Didn't the council leader Phil Davies consider this before endorsing Steve Foulkes?
This is an article about heroes who lost & risked their lives for our country, those who survived will have seen some of the most horrendous things, none of us may never know or comprehend, many of those who survived the war are no longer with us.
Family & relatives will appreciate this for what it is, a ceremonial remembrance for those of great valour.

Your attempt to belittle this to political a snipe is a shameful disgrace.
There are many other platforms for this kind of comment to be placed.
PaulCa on this platform/ article, really????????
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: Such worthwhile acts of remembrance will start being forseeably, avoidably and indelibly tarnished come June, when the new Mayor is invested. Didn't the council leader Phil Davies consider this before endorsing Steve Foulkes?[/p][/quote]This is an article about heroes who lost & risked their lives for our country, those who survived will have seen some of the most horrendous things, none of us may never know or comprehend, many of those who survived the war are no longer with us. Family & relatives will appreciate this for what it is, a ceremonial remembrance for those of great valour. Your attempt to belittle this to political a snipe is a shameful disgrace. There are many other platforms for this kind of comment to be placed. PaulCa on this platform/ article, really???????? pcs1980
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10:48pm Sun 27 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

I did remark 'worthwhile' in case you missed it.

Also... I've earned the right (I do know and I do comprehend if you know what I'm saying) to criticise when I sense that a comparatively worthless local official, who fights only cowardly political wars, is likely to be preparing to attach himself to and bask in the glow of the military for his own rancid political gain when the opportunity next arises.

Now imagine you KNOW much of the hidden depth and detail of this council's abuse AND you could be about to see one of the ringleaders cosying up to and cynically using your old comrades.

How could someone like me even think about 'attempting to belittle' our forces?
I did remark 'worthwhile' in case you missed it. Also... I've earned the right (I do know and I do comprehend if you know what I'm saying) to criticise when I sense that a comparatively worthless local official, who fights only cowardly political wars, is likely to be preparing to attach himself to and bask in the glow of the military for his own rancid political gain when the opportunity next arises. Now imagine you KNOW much of the hidden depth and detail of this council's abuse AND you could be about to see one of the ringleaders cosying up to and cynically using your old comrades. How could someone like me even think about 'attempting to belittle' our forces? PaulCa
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