On Sunday 15 July 2012, members of Huntingdon Branch gathered at the War Memorial prior to the annual Sea Sunday service. We joined former members of the Merchant Navy and representatives from the local Sea Cadet unit. This year was different however, it coincided with the annual Civic Sunday Service held by the Mayor of Huntingdon; it was decided that this was a great opportunity to remember local men and women who lost their lives in the service of our country, and all those who we have lost from near and far.
With the Merchant Navy, Sea Cadets and RNA members informally gathered at the memorial, the Mayor, Councillor Colin Hyams, and members of the Town Council, left the Town Hall and took their places in front of the War Memorial. The service began with prayers led by the Rev’d Andrew Milton, and a minutes silence in remembrance to those who are no longer with us.
After the prayers, all attendees went into All Saints Church to continue the service; this comprised of readings, prayers and a number of hymns including Eternal Father, Strong to Save, more commonly known to the Royal Navy as the Naval Hymn due to the line For Those in Peril From the Sea.
The day did not end there, the Mayor of Huntingdon invited all the attendees, including our contingent of RNA shipmates, to join him in the Town Hall for light refreshments and a bite to eat.