HRH The Earl of Wessex Supports Campaign to Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day on 3 September

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Merchant Navy Day logoSeafarers UK is calling on Local Authorities throughout Britain to celebrate Merchant Navy Day on 3 September by flying the Red Ensign – the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag – on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.

The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying: ‘On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.’

‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ is supported by the Merchant Navy Association, whose members will be invited to attend local ceremonies at 10am on Thursday 3 September, when the Red Ensign is to be hoisted as the message of support from The Earl of Wessex is read out by civic dignitaries.

A guide to purchasing a Red Ensign and taking part on Merchant Navy Day is available to read and download at

Further information is available from the Fly the Red Ensign Pageantmaster Bruno Peek, phone 07737 262913,

Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, Seafarers UK, phone 020 7932 5969, mobile 07910 593588,

More than 400 Local Authorities throughout the UK have been invited by Seafarers UK and the Merchant Navy Association to participate in ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’.

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports.

Seafarers UK is a leading grant-making charity that helps people in the maritime community, by providing vital funding to support seafarers in need and their families.

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