Merchant Navy Day

Published: 03 September 2021

The Red Ensign was raised by Chris Matthews, former Chief Engineer on Friday, 3 September to mark Merchant Navy Day. The Town Mayor Cllr Peter Williams said the words below and a minute’s silence was held. Councillors and guests were also in attendance in the Triangle.

Welcome to the flag raising of the Red Ensign on Merchant Navy Day
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!
This date was chosen as it observes the sinking of the first British merchant ship in 1939, just hours after the Second World War was declared.


Flag raising on Merchant Navy Day