Council to fly Red Ensign today

Council in Red Ensign tribute to the Merchant Navy.
Council in Red Ensign tribute to the Merchant Navy.
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South Holland District Council will today (Thursday) fly a Red Ensign as part of national Merchant Navy Day.

The event is being held to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

The flag raising ceremony will take place at 10am outside the council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Council chairman Francis Biggadike said: “We are 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.

“It will be a very poignant ceremony and we hope to see many people attend.”

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 to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.”

• As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95 per cent of our imports, including half the food we eat.