Merchant Navy Day, 3 September

In 2015 Seafarers UK – with the support of the Merchant Navy Association – launched its ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ campaign.

Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on seafarers, this campaign invited selected local authorities to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – atop public buildings and on prominent flagpoles on 3 September.

In 2016 the Red Ensign was flown on Merchant Navy Day at more than 400 locations ashore, with flag-hoisting ceremonies arranged by many local councils and other organisations – see www.merchantnavyday.uk.

This year every parish, town and community council is invited to take part, in addition to all district, borough, county councils and unitary authorities throughout the UK. Owners of historic and landmark buildings with flagpoles are also being asked to get involved. Participation is free!

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email nick.harvey@seafarers.uk, phone 020 7932 5969.

In 2016, the Red Ensign was flown on Merchant Navy Day at more than 400 locations ashore