For the fifth year running, Seafarers UK campaigned for the Red Ensign – the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag – to be flown on 3rd September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles. Parish, community, town, city, district and borough councils were all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities and governments.
As a result of effective campaigning by Seafarers UK and the active participation of Merchant Navy Association members, a Red Ensign was flown ashore at more than one thousand locations all around the UK. A selection of photographs is available to view in a new album.
Last year hundreds of local flag-hoisting ceremonies were organised, involving VIPs, civic dignitaries, Merchant Navy veterans, naval cadets, etc. A message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex was 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.’
Even the Prime Minister got involved! Boris Johnson wrote: ‘2019 marks the centenary of King George V’s grant of the title ‘Merchant Navy’. I am delighted that, in honour of this milestone, the Red Ensign flag will fly above 10 Downing Street on this Merchant Navy Day.’
Please click here to support this year’s campaign.
For further information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, email [email protected], phone 07910 593588.