Broxtowe Borough Honours Merchant Navy

Broxtowe Borough Honours Merchant Navy

3/9/2018 - BROXTOWE BOROUGH honoured the Merchant Navy earlier today when a special flag raising ceremony took place to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Merchant Navy Day Flag RaisingMayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Derek Burnett BEM joined Deputy Lieutenant Commander Judith Swann, Youth Mayor, Alfie Russell, The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP and representatives from Sea Scouts to raise the Red Ensign outside the Town Hall in Beeston.                                   

At the same time, hundreds of places across Britain also took part in Seafarers UK's Fly the Red Ensign campaign, to honour those who kept our island nation afloat during both world wars, and to celebrate the modern day Merchant Navy seafarers who are responsible for 95 per cent of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat.

One of the Councillor Burnett’s chosen charities during his Mayoral year is SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) and he was honoured to raise the Red Ensign.

Since the start of this century, 3rd September has been the UK’s designated Merchant Navy Day.

In recent years, our island nation’s dependent on the Merchant Navy has actually increased. Without regular fuel imports our power stations would soon shut down. And with more sea ports and harbours and a longer coastline than any other European country, we depend on the Merchant Navy to ship more than 75% of our exports.

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