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31 August 2017

LYNEMOUTH PARISH COUNCIL is flying 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 took place at 11.00 a.m. on Friday, 1st September, 2017 outside Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare Institute in Bridge Road, and members of the public attended along with local veterans and Merchant Navy personnel.

As Merchant Navy Day [3rd September] falls on a Sunday this year, the Parish Council will fly the Red Ensign from Friday 1st September to Monday 4th September 2017.

Parish Council chair Liz Dunn 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 flagpoles. It will be a very poignant ceremony and we hope to see many people attend.”

Seafarers UK’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.

All participating councils are listed on a ‘Roll of Honour’ at www.merchantnavyday.uk

Merchant Navy Day has been observed in the UK since 2000. The campaign to ‘Fly the Red Ensign’ was started 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

For further information about the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign please visitwww.merchantnavyday.uk