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 half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!
For the fourth year running, Seafarers UK is campaigning for the Red Ensign – the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag – to be flown on 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.
This year hundreds of local flag-hoisting ceremonies will be organised, involving VIPs, civic dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, naval cadets, etc. A message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex is available to be read out at participating locations ‘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.
In 2018 our target is for the Red Ensign to be flown ashore at 800 locations. As Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September falls on a Monday, we are encouraging participants to fly the flag for the whole week!
For further information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 020 7932 5969.
Important: To confirm your participation please complete this online registration form.
Merchant Navy Association-Aberystwyth Contacts: Tel: 01873 857838 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Axe Vale Contacts: Tel: 075946 63551 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Barnsley Contacts: Tel: 01977 652880 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Belfast Contacts: Tel: 02890 832353 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Boston Contacts: Tel: 01406 425527 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Bristol Contacts: Tel: 01934 833766 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Caithness Contacts: Tel: 01593 731480 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Dormanstown/Redcar Contacts: Tel: 01642 471897 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Dumfries Contacts: Tel: 01387 739530 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Exeter Contacts: Tel: 01395 225592 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Harrogate Contacts: Tel: 01274 483319 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Immingham Contacts: Tel: 01469 518688 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Ipswich Contacts: Tel: 01206 395256 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Kent Contacts: Tel: 01304 202453 or email
Merchant Navy Association-London & Greater London Contacts: Tel: 01708 341767 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Mansfield & Ashfield Contacts: Tel: 01977 652880 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Medway Contacts: Tel: 01634 252179 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Midlands Contacts: Tel: 01889 585588 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Morecombe Bay Contacts: Tel: 01524 422354 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Ribble Valley Contacts: Tel: 01200 443073 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Salford Contacts: Tel: 01625 524057 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Solent Contacts: Tel: 02380 440107 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Tamworth Contacts: Tel: 01827 592922 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Taunton Contacts: Tel: 01984 623752 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Tilbury Contacts: Tel: 01375 378014 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Torbay Contacts: Tel: 01803 851353 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Walton & District Contacts: Tel: 01255 851919 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Western Isles Contacts: Tel: 01851 703557 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Weymouth & Portland Contacts: Tel: 01305 814225 or email
Merchant Navy Association-Wirral Contacts: Tel: 0151 334 5826 or email
Merchant Navy Association Blackpool Contacts: Tel: 01253 856844 or email
Merchant Navy Association Felixstowe Contacts: Tel: 01394 283116 or email
Merchant Navy Association Liverpool Contacts: Tel: 0151 427 3668 or email
Merchant Navy Association Barnsley Contacts: Tel: 01977 652880 or email
Merchant Navy Association Newport Contacts: Tel: 01633 279638 or email
Merchant Navy Association Pill & North Somerset Contacts: Tel: 01275 374895 or email
Merchant Navy Association Scarborough Contacts: Tel: 01723 865621 or email
Merchant Navy Association South West MSA Contacts: Tel: 07859 952275 or email
Merchant Navy Association West Norfolk Contacts: Tel: 01305 814225 or email