Some two hundred and fifty Merchant Navy cadets from City of Glasgow College joined Glasgow’s Depute Lord Provost at a ceremony in George Square to mark Merchant Navy Memorial Day on Tuesday 3 September.

Cadet Adam Stockman and Cadet Lisa Finlayson from the College’s Nautical & STEM Faculty read names from the Merchant Navy Roll of Honour which documents the details of thousands of Glaswegians who lost their lives.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College said it was an honour to take part in the annual event, adding: "As the nation's premier maritime and engineering college, it is appropriate that we recognise and pay our respects to those who made great sacrifices in the past. In this our 50th anniversary year delivering maritime education and training, it is also a poignant time to reflect and celebrate this fast moving and technologically advanced industry on which we all rely.”

The Depute Lord Provost, Bailie Braat, led the ceremony’s wreath laying, with a quote from the Remembrance Pledge “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon.  

Merchant Navy Day was established in 2000 as a national tribute to the merchant seamen who served in the First and Second World Wars, as well as later conflicts, and a reminder of the UK’s reliance today on their successors.

It takes place on 3 September each year, the anniversary of the start of the Second World War. The Red Ensign, the UK’s official Merchant Navy flag is flown in tribute that day from the City Chambers and flies throughout the year from City of Glasgow College’s Riverside campus.