Broxtowe Borough Honours Merchant Navy

Broxtowe Borough Honours Merchant Navy

03/09/19 - BROXTOWE BOROUGH honoured the Merchant Navy at a special flag raising ceremony to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Youth Mayor, Deputy Lieutenant, Mayor and Mayor's Consort raise Merchant Navy Day Flag in Beeston

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Michael Brown joined Deputy Lieutenant Dr. Richard Bullock OBE MA, and Youth Mayor, William Mee to raise the Red Ensign in Beeston Square on Tuesday 3 September at 11am.

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.

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. 95% of our imports are carried by ship. 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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