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Merchant Navy Day

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3 September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat.

This year Seafarers UK is campaigning for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - to be flown on Saturday 3 September on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs across the UK. Parish, town, community, city and borough councils are all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities and governments.

There are many locations where the Red Ensign can be freely flown - civic centres, town halls, village greens, churches, sports venues, historic buildings, tourist attractions, ports, etc. All participating organisations will be added to a 'Roll of Honour' (see below) and promoted via social media.

Last year more than 200 local flag-hoisting ceremonies were organised, involving VIPs, civic dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, naval cadets, etc. A message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex was read out 'to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.'

That Royal request is included in a new 'Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day' Guide - click here to download. A Flyer is also available to promote the campaign locally - click here to download.

For further information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org, phone 020 7932 5969.

Click here to register for Merchant Navy Day

Roll of Honour 2016

Barrow Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01229876504 or email
Braintree District Council Contacts: Tel: 01376557709 or email
Brighton and Hove City Council Contacts: Tel: 01273 291132 or email
Buckinghamshire County Council Contacts: Tel: 01296-383622 or email
Caerphilly County Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01443 864380 or email
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Contacts: Tel: 01851822615 or email
Diss Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01379643848 or email
East Ayrshire Council Contacts: Tel: 01563 576521 or email
East Hampshire District Council Contacts: Tel: 1730234002 or email
Erewash Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 0115 9071115 or email
Hertsmere Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 020 8207 7477 or email
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01455 255699 or email
Hull City Council Contacts: Tel: 01482 615093 or email
Maritime UK Contacts: Tel: 02074172868 or email
Midlothian Council Contacts: Tel: 0131 271 3161 or email
Mole Valley District Council Contacts: Tel: 01306879346 or email
North Ayrshire Council Contacts: Tel: 1294310000 or email
North Norfolk District Council Contacts: Tel: 01263 516047 or email
Northampton Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01604 837804 or email
Northamptonshire County Council Contacts: Tel: 07540 672577 or email
Port of Felixstowe Contacts: Tel: 01394602063 or email
Port of London Authority Contacts: Tel: 01474 562246 or email
Royal Borough of Greenwich Contacts: Tel: 020 8921 5040 or email
Shelton Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 02079320000 or email
Shepway District Council Contacts: Tel: 01303 853345 or email
Shetland Islands Council Contacts: Tel: 01595 744505 or email
South Somerset District Council Contacts: Tel: 01935 462101 or email
Staffordshire County Council Contacts: Tel: 01785276133 or email
Stoke by Nayland Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 02079320000 or email
Tamworth Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01827 709211 or email
Test Valley Borough council Contacts: Tel: 01264 368022 or email
Thanet District Council Contacts: Tel: 01843 577291 or email
UK Chamber of Shipping Contacts: Tel: 02074172868 or email

Merchant Navy Fund
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Seafarers UKMerchant Navy Welfare Board
The Merchant Navy Fund is administered by
Seafarers UK (King George's Fund for Sailors),
a Registered Charity in England & Wales, No. 226446, incorporated under Royal Charter.
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