Wirral parade marks 96th anniversary of daring wartime raid on Zeebrugge

Wirral Globe: TS Astute SCC taking part in Sunday's parade. Picture: Stuart Bogg Imaging TS Astute SCC taking part in Sunday's parade. Picture: Stuart Bogg Imaging

A MEMORIAL service was held on Sunday morning to commemorate the daring World War One raid on the port of Zeebrugge.

This year marked the 96th anniversary of the storming of the German stronghold, when two Wallasey ferry boats covered themselves in glory by forming part of the Royal Navy strike-force in April, 1918.

The ferry boats Iris and Daffodil carried Royal Marines and Bluejackets into the battle inferno.

The action – which eventually freed the channel ports from German control – is commemorated every year with a special ceremony at Seacombe Ferry Concourse.

On Sunday, Royal Marines veterans – some from as far away as London – made the annual journey to Wirral to take part in a poignant ceremony of remembrance.

Wreaths dedicated to the fallen were laid at the Royal Marines Association memorial at the ferry terminal and further floral tributes were cast into the Mersey from the decks of a ferry boat.

The Royal Marines Reserve then exercised their Freedom of the Borough to march from the ferry terminal to Wallasey Town Hall.

Lorna Muirhead, Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, was among those laying wreaths at a service before the freedom parade along Church Street and Brighton Street to the town hall.

The Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Dave Mitchell, then took the salute on Brighton Street in Wallasey.

He said afterwards: "It was with great pride that I was able to take the salute on behalf of the people of Wirral, and the event was even more special given that the Royal Marines are one of our oldest regiments.

"It was a wonderful parade, supported by a large crowd and blessed by good weather."

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10:03am Tue 29 Apr 14

bobbien says...

Fantastic still remembered, hope it goes on for many years with a special 100 year parade.
Here we mention a lovely old boat that took part in this, MV Royal Iris, a lovely boat.
A very famous boat for it's actions during the war plus it's part in the swinging sixtees, river cruises famous stars, the world know Merseybeat.
Many stars made a name for themselves and a lot of money on the back of the River Mersey and the Merseybeat
We still hear Gerry Marsden banging out the old Ferry Cross The Mersey every trip, I wonder if he still gets royalties or was it a lump sum, maybe free who knows.
Ok now to the crux of this, WHERE IS THE IRIS NOW.................
... rotting away half sunken in a London dock.
New Brighton regenerated, many, many tourists returning for days, weekends out, would be fantastic if the flower was back on the river.
WBC did not want to keep her operating, for reasons I am sure they would come up with if asked.
Now what if all those solo artists and bands that as I say made their name and a lot of money of the Merseybeat and the Mersey, all swearing what a fantastic place "The Pool" is got something going and roused a few people into doing something about the old flower,
River cruises again and don't forget what a fantastic idea to have her ready for the 100 year celebration of Zeebrugge, Marines marching down and boarding her, bands playing, remembering the men who lost lives, the men who crewed her, the famous Mersey icon, what a sad loss.
Come on we have a shipyard and many people with skills !!! but then again she prob would not be bought home for repair, they would contact it out somewhere.

Oh I nearly forgot, Don't bother that guy you hear belting out the old song on the ferry, sent him messages via various media sites but no reply, you know, Gerry Marsden, Ferry Cross the Mersey, regular performer at the Tower New Brighton.
The Tower, no think I will leave that alone, another world known icon that WBC allowed to get torn down.
Fantastic still remembered, hope it goes on for many years with a special 100 year parade. Here we mention a lovely old boat that took part in this, MV Royal Iris, a lovely boat. A very famous boat for it's actions during the war plus it's part in the swinging sixtees, river cruises famous stars, the world know Merseybeat. Many stars made a name for themselves and a lot of money on the back of the River Mersey and the Merseybeat We still hear Gerry Marsden banging out the old Ferry Cross The Mersey every trip, I wonder if he still gets royalties or was it a lump sum, maybe free who knows. Ok now to the crux of this, WHERE IS THE IRIS NOW................. ... rotting away half sunken in a London dock. New Brighton regenerated, many, many tourists returning for days, weekends out, would be fantastic if the flower was back on the river. WBC did not want to keep her operating, for reasons I am sure they would come up with if asked. Now what if all those solo artists and bands that as I say made their name and a lot of money of the Merseybeat and the Mersey, all swearing what a fantastic place "The Pool" is got something going and roused a few people into doing something about the old flower, River cruises again and don't forget what a fantastic idea to have her ready for the 100 year celebration of Zeebrugge, Marines marching down and boarding her, bands playing, remembering the men who lost lives, the men who crewed her, the famous Mersey icon, what a sad loss. Come on we have a shipyard and many people with skills !!! but then again she prob would not be bought home for repair, they would contact it out somewhere. Oh I nearly forgot, Don't bother that guy you hear belting out the old song on the ferry, sent him messages via various media sites but no reply, you know, Gerry Marsden, Ferry Cross the Mersey, regular performer at the Tower New Brighton. The Tower, no think I will leave that alone, another world known icon that WBC allowed to get torn down. bobbien
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