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New Forest District Council raises the Red Ensign flag to mark Merchant Navy Day

Today (Friday 1st September) we raised the Red Ensign flag at our offices in Lyndhurst.

Merchant Navy Day flag raising Sep 17 Chairman Cllr Christine Ward paid tribute to the Merchant Navy seafarers as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the UK's ongoing dependence on the maritime register.  This records the seagoing commercial interests of UK-registered ships and their crews. 

NFDC was supporting a call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK's Merchant Navy's official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.  Merchant Navy vessels fly the Red Ensign and are regulated by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The flag raising ceremony today at the Council's offices at Appletree Court, Lyndhurst was attended by Cllr Barry Rickman (Leader), Cllr Christine Ward (Chairman) Derek Ward (Chairman's Consort) Cllr Mel Kendall (Vice Chairman) and Bob Jackson (Chief Executive). 

Message from HRH The Earl of Wessex KG, GCVO. "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.  Too often they are forgotten or invisible service, by raising the Red Ensign flag you will ensure that at least on this day they are remembered.  Your act will mean so much to their families and to the retired, but most especially to those at sea."

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Updated: 20 Sep 2017
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