Melton Borough Council

Mayor to Host Merchant Navy Day

Published Wednesday, 26th August 2015 merchant navy day image

Flag hoisting to say ‘thank you seafarers’ on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September.

On Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, Melton Borough Council will fly the Red Ensign at Parkside, Melton Mowbray to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers

The Mayor, Councillor Jeanne Douglas, will officiate at the hoisting ceremony which begins at 9.45am in the presence of local Merchant Navy veterans and their families.

Melton Borough Council is supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying: ‘On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.’

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on 3 September.


Further Media Information

Lena Shuttlewood
Democracy & Involvement Officer
Melton Borough Council
01664 502314 

National Campaign PR Contact

Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, mobile 07910 593588, email

Notes for Editors

More than 400 local authorities throughout the UK have been invited by Seafarers UK and the Merchant Navy Association to participate in ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’.

The ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ Pageantmaster is Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, phone 07737 262913, email

Merchant Navy Day has been commemorated since 2000 on 3 September, the anniversary of the sinking of the SS Athenia, the first British merchant vessel lost during World War 2.

Seafarers UK is a leading grant-making charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. Donations to the charity’s Merchant Navy Fund can be made at