Melton Borough Council

Melton Borough Council to fly the flag for Merchant Navy Day

Published Monday, 20th August 2018 Merchant Navy Day ensign

The Mayor of the Borough of Melton, Councillor Mrs Pru Chandler, is arranging for the Red Ensign to be flown at Parkside to mark the fourth “Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day”.

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

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

The Mayor said:“The Council is pleased to once again support Merchant Navy Day by flying the Red Ensign at Parkside.  It is an opportunity to honour the brave men and women who contributed to the efforts during both World Wars – and to thank the modern day merchant seafarers we rely on today.”

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.  Last year the Red Ensign was flown ashore in 650 locations.

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 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.

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our UK 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.

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For more information contact:

Hazel Paterson - Communications Officer

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664 504294

 

Notes to editors:

National Campaign PR Contact:

Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, mobile 07910 593588, email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org

Fly the Red Ensign 2018

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’.

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 www.merchantnavyfund.org