Fly the Red Ensign Campaign

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept the UK afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for more than 90% of the UK’s imports, including almost half the food we eat, much of the fuel we use, and virtually all the products and goods we tend to take for granted.

For the sixth year running, Seafarers UK successfully campaigned for the Red Ensign – the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag – to be flown on 3rd September on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles.

Parish, community, town, city, district and borough councils were all invited to take part, along with higher-tier local authorities, and a Red Ensign was flown ashore at hundreds of locations all around the UK.

A selection of photographs is available to view here.