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Seafarers UK

Phone: 020 7932 5969
Mobile: 07910 593588

2 September 2019

News Release

Councillor Ruth Bush, The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Westminster Fly The Red Ensign For Merchant Navy Day 2018

Campaign to raise awareness of our island nation's ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers results in the Red Ensign being flown at more than 950 locations ashore

Parish councils from Arthuret to Zennor are among more than 950 locations where a Red Ensign is being flown ashore on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September - see

The Seafarers UK charity invited every parish, town, city and community council throughout the UK, plus larger local authorities including borough, district and county councils, to fly a Red Ensign on a civic building or public flagpole, to raise public awareness of the UK's ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

Flag-hoisting ceremonies were held at many locations, with VIPs and councillors alongside Merchant Navy Association members, other naval veterans and Sea Cadets.

A message from HRH The Earl of Wessex was provided to be read out: 'On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy. Too often they are the forgotten or invisible service, by raising the Red Ensign you will ensure that at least on this day they are remembered.'

In Scotland, where Merchant Navy Day is on the Scottish Government's official list of flag-flying days, a Red Ensign was flown at many Historic Environment Scotland properties, including Edinburgh Castle. Other landmark locations where a Red Ensign was flown included Dover Castle, high above the UK's busiest ferry port.

Seafarers UK Campaigns Manager Nick Harvey said: 'Seafarers UK's Fly the Red Ensign campaign continues to go from strength to strength, and this year we are pleased to see more than nine hundred Red Ensigns being flown around the UK on Merchant Navy Day. The campaign's increasing success just goes to show our nation's ongoing connection to the sea, and the respect that people still have for the sacrifices of the past and the hard work of today by British Merchant Navy seafarers in keeping our island nation afloat.'


This news release was issued on behalf of Seafarers UK by Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, mobile 07910 593588, mail

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