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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

Ashfield District Council Contacts: Tel: 01623 457002 or email
Barrow Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01229 876504 or email
Bilton Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 01482 811234 or email
Blackpool Council Contacts: Tel: 01253 477152 or email
Braintree District Council Contacts: Tel: 01376 557709 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
City of London, Guildhall Contacts: Tel: 0207 929499 or email
Colchester Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01206 508902 or email
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Contacts: Tel: 01851 822615 or email
Cromer Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01263 512254 or email
Diss Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01379 643848 or email
East Ayrshire Council Contacts: Tel: 01563 576521 or email
East Hampshire District Council Contacts: Tel: 01730 234002 or email
Erewash Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 0115 9071115 or email
Fife Council Contacts: Tel: 03451 55555 x 442301 or email
Hertsmere Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 020 8207 7477 or email
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01455 255699 or email
HORNSEA TOWN COUNCIL Contacts: Tel: 01964 532252 or email
Hull City Council Contacts: Tel: 01482 615093 or email
Huntingdon Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01480 410383 or email
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Contacts: Tel: 028 92 509293 or email
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Contacts: Tel: 028 9244 7294 or email
London Borough of Hounslow Contacts: Tel: 020 8583 2012 or email
London Borough of Islington Contacts: Tel: 020 7527 3113 or email
Maritime UK Contacts: Tel: 0207 417 2868 or email
MB Fountain Contacts: Tel: 07931 197221 or email
Midlothian Council Contacts: Tel: 0131 271 3161 or email
Mole Valley District Council Contacts: Tel: 01306 879346 or email
North Ayrshire Council Contacts: Tel: 01294 310000 or email
North Lincolnshire Council Contacts: Tel: 01724 296346 or email
North Norfolk District Council Contacts: Tel: 01263 516047 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
Olney Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01234 711679 or email
Pembrokeshire County Council Contacts: Tel: 01437 775387 or email
Peterborough City Council Contacts: Tel: 01733 452328 or email
Port of Felixstowe Contacts: Tel: 01394 602063 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: 0207 932 0000 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: 01785 276133 or email
Stirling Council Contacts: Tel: 01259 769680 or email
Stoke by Nayland Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 0207 932 0000 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
Tower Bridge (City of London Corp) Contacts: Tel: 07747 021772 or email
UK Chamber of Shipping Contacts: Tel: 0207 417 2868 or email
West Sussex County Council Contacts: Tel: 03302 222531 or email
Dorset County Council Contacts: Tel: 01305 225067 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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