Merchant Navy Day

Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on seafarers, this campaign invites Councils and Local Authorities to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – ashore atop civic buildings and on prominent flagpoles on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September (or the nearest weekend).

This year every Community, Parish, Town and City council has been asked to take part, in addition to all Borough, District and County councils, plus Unitary Authorities throughout the UK.

Many flag-hoisting ceremonies are attended by local Merchant Navy Association (MNA) and Royal British Legion members, who welcome being part of our nationally co-ordinated campaign. In 2018 we hope that the Red Ensign will be flown ashore at 800 locations around the UK – see our ‘Roll of Honour’.

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email, phone 020 7932 5969.

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