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Retired shipping boss joins dockers in supplies effort

Alan Dunlop has paid tribute to the ‘silent army’ of workers amid coronavirus who are keeping supplies coming into Northern Ireland.

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A former shipping boss has praised the ‘silent army’ working amid the coronavirus pandemic to ensure supplies continue to come into Northern Ireland.(PA)

A former shipping boss has praised the ‘silent army’ working amid the coronavirus pandemic to ensure supplies continue to come into Northern Ireland.(PA)

A former shipping boss has praised the ‘silent army’ working amid the coronavirus pandemic to ensure supplies continue to come into Northern Ireland.(PA)

A former shipping boss has returned to the docks to roll up his sleeves to help the supplies effort.

Alan Dunlop said while health workers are doing heroic work amid the coronavirus pandemic, there is also a “silent army” of dockers, postal workers, shop workers and refuse collectors who are maintaining essential services.

The retired director of shipping company, William Reid Ltd, recently returned to the quayside to help unload vessels after a number of employees self-isolated.

“Quite literally, there are thousands of workers keeping society ticking over. They are our unsung heroes,” he said.

“Without our dockers, we wouldn’t be getting vital imports, and a crucial lifeline would be endangered.

“Royal Mail employees and shop workers are delivering essential services in a very commendable ‘business as usual’ fashion.

“And refuse collectors are maintaining a service that benefits each and every household and safeguards against the dangers posed by uncollected rubbish.”

He added: “These groups and all ‘blue light’ emergency services are key workers in our collective fight against this deadly virus. Without them, we would be under even greater strain as a society.

“Enterprises that are innovating and creating new product lines to respond to the emergency also deserve great credit. In the face of this societal onslaught, their contribution is immense and will not be forgotten.”

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