Council flies flag to honour Merchant Navy
Release date: 3 September 2015
Caption: Cllr Mark Annett (left) and CDC Development Management Team Leader Mike Napper (right) prepare to hoist the flag.
Chairman of Cotswold District Council Cllr Mark Annett raised a Red Ensign flag at the local authority’s Trinity Road offices today to mark Merchant Navy Day.
Speaking at a brief flag raising ceremony, Cllr Annett said:
“I feel privileged to be the flag raiser at CDC’s first ever celebration marking Merchant Navy Day. It is no exaggeration to say that brave men and women from the Merchant Navy kept our island nation afloat during both World Wars, despite the horrendous dangers posed by enemy naval forces. Nowadays our shipping lanes are much safer but we are just as dependent on the Merchant Navy to sustain us because modern day merchant seafarers are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food that we eat.”
“Our thoughts are with the members of the Merchant Navy, past and present, and the debt we owe them. This special day gives us a chance to consider their invaluable contribution to the nation’s wellbeing, and we give thanks for a national institution which is very rarely praised in public.”
Merchant Navy Day was launched on 3 September 2000 and, since then, commemorative ceremonies have taken place at venues across the country on that date. This year Seafarers UK has been campaigning for the Red Ensign, the UK Merchant Navy's official flag, to be flown on 3 September on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs. More than 400 Local Authorities were asked to get involved.
For more information about Merchant Navy Day see www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant-navy-day/