Merchant Navy Day, 3 September

Intended to raise public awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on seafarers, this campaign invites local authorities to fly the Red Ensign – the official flag of the UK Merchant Navy – atop public buildings and on prominent flagpoles on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September (or the nearest weekend).

This year every community, parish and town council will be asked to take part, in addition to all borough, county and district councils, plus unitary authorities throughout the UK.

Owners and custodians of historic and landmark buildings with flagpoles are also invited to get involved, including English Heritage, Historic Houses Association, Historic Scotland, National Trust, Trinity House and Welsh Government Cadw.

Many flag-hoisting ceremonies are attended by local Merchant Navy Association (MNA) and Royal British Legion members, who welcome being part of our nationally co-ordinated promotion. Note: This year the MNA’s national service and reunion in London’s Trinity Square Gardens will be held on Sunday 9 September.

Across the UK, the Red Ensign was flown ashore at more than 650 locations in 2017 – see Roll of Honour.

For more information please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, email, phone 020 7932 5969.