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Flag hoisting to say thank you seafarers on Merchant Navy Day

Published: 28/08/2015

At 10am on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, Flintshire County Council will fly the Red Ensign at County Hall Mold to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers Joined by Deputy Lieutenant David Catherall, the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Ray Hughes, will lead a short ceremony before raising the flag. Flintshire County Council is 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. 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.’ Councillor Ray Hughes, Chairman of the Council said: I am proud that Flintshire County Council is joining other public organisations across Wales and the UK in recognising the valuable work of the Merchant Navy and its contribution to the well-being of the Nation. As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on 3 September. Notes for Editors You are welcome to send a photographer to the main entrance County Hall Mold for 9.45am on Thursday 3rd September 2015. National Campaign PR Contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, mobile 07910 593588, email Notes for Editors More than 400 local authorities throughout the UK have been invited by Seafarers UK and the Merchant Navy Association to participate in ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’. The ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ Pageantmaster is Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, phone 07737 262913, email Merchant Navy Day has been commemorated since 2000 on 3 September, the anniversary of the sinking of the SS Athenia, the first British merchant vessel lost during World War 2. Seafarers UK is a leading grant-making charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families. Donations to the charity’s Merchant Navy Fund can be made at