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Merchant Navy Day

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd 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 much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!

This year Seafarers UK is campaigning for the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy's official flag - to be flown on Sunday 3rd September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles across the UK. Parish, community, town, city, district 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 ashore - civic centres, town halls, public libraries, village greens, churches, sports venues, historic buildings, tourist attractions, ports, etc. All participating organisations will be added to a prestigious 'Roll of Honour' (see below) and promoted via social media.

Last year hundreds of local flag-hoisting ceremonies were organised, involving VIPs, civic dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, naval cadets, etc. At some locations 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 free Flyer is also available to promote the campaign locally - click here to download.

For further information - or to request a printed copy of the new Guide and/or Flyer - please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, email nick.harvey@seafarers.uk, phone 020 7932 5969.

To confirm your participation please complete this online registration form.

Roll of Honour 2017

Allerdale Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01900702502 or email
Attleborough Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01953456194 or email
Barton, Bilsborrow & Myerscough War Memorial Contacts: Tel: 01995640458 or email
Bedford Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01234276901 or email
Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra Community Council Contacts: Tel: 01641521413 or email
Blackpool Council Contacts: Tel: 01253477152 or email
Bonnybridge Remembrance Group Contacts: Tel: 07739328372 or email
Burford Town Council Contacts: Tel: 07539794746 or email
Caerphilly Town Council Contacts: Tel: 02920888777 or email
City and County of Swansea Contacts: Tel: 01792637103 or email
Cobhair Bharraigh SCIO Contacts: Tel: 01871810906 or email
Darlington Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01325405996 or email
Dawlish Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01626863388 or email
Devizes Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01380722160 or email
Dumfries and Galloway Council Contacts: Tel: 03033333000 or email
East Staffordshire Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01283508601 or email
Eastbourne Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01323410000 or email
Epworth Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01427872086 or email
Erewash Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01159071115 or email
Exeter City Council Contacts: Tel: 01392265524 or email
Forest of Dean District Council Contacts: Tel: 01594812612 or email
Fylde Council Contacts: Tel: 01253658628 or email
Graveney and Goodenstone Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 07912038891 or email
Gravesend Sea School Association Contacts: Tel: 01403753525 or email
Hertsmere Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 02082077477 or email
Higham Ferrers Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01933312075 or email
Hull City Council Contacts: Tel: 01482615093 or email
Icklesham Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 07714169901 or email
Lancaster City Council Contacts: Tel: 01524582065 or email
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Contacts: Tel: 02892509282 or email
Littlehampton Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01903732063 or email
London Borough of Enfield Contacts: Tel: 02083793123 or email
London Borough of Islington Contacts: Tel: 02075273113 or email
Malvern Hills District Council Contacts: Tel: 01684862441 or email
Midlothian Council Contacts: Tel: 01312713161 or email
Neath Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01639642126 or email
Olney Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01234711679 or email
Peacehaven Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01273585493 or email
Pembrokeshire County Council Contacts: Tel: 01437775387 or email
Port of London Authority Contacts: Tel: 01474562246 or email
Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Greater London Contacts: Tel: 02073844671 or email
Rolleston on Dove Parish Council Contacts: Tel: 07455678378 or email
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Contacts: Tel: 07747341171 or email
Royal Museums Greenwich Contacts: Tel: 02083126790 or email
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01793850222 or email
Salisbury City Council Contacts: Tel: 01722342860 or email
Somerton Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01458272236 or email
South Gloucestershire Council Contacts: Tel: 01454863396 or email
Staffordshire County Council Contacts: Tel: 01785276133 or email
Stalham Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01692670531 or email
Stockton on Tees Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01642526185 or email
Tamworth Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01827709211 or email
UK Harbour Masters' Association Contacts: Tel: 02392460111 or email
UK Ship Register Contacts: Tel: 02038172463 or email
Wealden District Council Contacts: Tel: 01892602435 or email
Westhoughton Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01942819802 or email
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01305838512 or email
Wiltshire Council Contacts: Tel: 01225718008 or email
Woodbridge Town Council Contacts: Tel: 01394383599 or email
Wrexham County Borough Council Contacts: Tel: 01978292289 or email
Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners Contacts: Tel: 01983760321 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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