Liverpool is marking Merchant Navy Day on Sunday 1 September with a special service and wreath laying.
The day is the annual celebration of the British Merchant Navy, to celebrate and raise awareness of past, present and future Mechant Navy seafarers, as well as remembering the 36,000 who died at sea during World War Two.
A public service – which includes the reading of a letter to the seafarers of Liverpool from Her Majesty The Queen and an address from the Most Reverend Michael Fitzgerald, former Papal Nuncio to Egypt – is taking place at Liverpool Parish Church in the city centre.
In attendance will be civic dignitaries from across the City Region, along with current and retired seafarers, as well as others who represent the work of the Merchant Navy today.
It starts at noon and will be followed by a march to the Pier Head where wreathes will be laid. In addition, at 2.15pm, Lord Mayor elect, Cllr Anna Rothery will place a wreath at the memorial on Falkner Street dedicated to black and Commonwealth sailors who served in World War Two.
The service has received sponsorship from the ACL (Atlantic Container Line), with refreshments afterwards provided by NML (National Museums Liverpool).