News: All UK Local Councils urged to fly the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September
All local councils throughout the UK are being invited to
support a campaign to raise public awareness of ‘island nation’ Britain’s
dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.
The charity Seafarers UK is asking councils to fly the Red
Ensign - the British Merchant Navy’s flag - on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September.
Suggested venues include flagpoles in public places, on civic buildings,
museums, libraries, schools and churches.
There are no restrictions on when or where the Red Ensign
can be flown ashore in the UK. Merchant Navy Day has been observed in the UK
since 2000. The campaign to ‘Fly the Red Ensign’ was started last year to
remind UK citizens - none of whom live more than 70 miles from the sea - that
they depend on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of imports.
Councils are being encouraged to organise flag-hoisting
ceremonies on 3 September, or the preceding Friday. A guide to taking part -
including a message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex - is available to
download at www.merchantnavyday.uk
That website also includes a ‘Roll of Honour’, to which all
participating councils will be added when they register online, or by emailing
event details to email@example.com
Seafarers UK is a charity that helps people in the maritime
community by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their
families. The charity has a dedicated Merchant Navy Fund to attract donations
specifically to support British Merchant Navy men and women and their families
– see www.merchantnavyfund.org
For further information about the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day, 3 September’ campaign please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Carole Hunt on 020 7932 5986.