Broxtowe Borough Honours Merchant Navy

Broxtowe Borough Honours Merchant Navy

03/09/20 - The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick, has raised the Red Ensign outside the Council Offices to mark the Merchant Navy Day today (3rd September).

This is the third consecutive year that the Council supports the campaign. The Mayor of Broxtowe raising the Merchant Navy Day flag

“Today we all together 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, who ensure that food, fuel and clothing are carried safely in our ships. Too often they are the forgotten or seen as an invisible service. This day we all remember them by raising this Red Ensign Flag. Our act will mean so much to their families and to the retired, but most especially of those at Sea,” said Councillor Janet Patrick.

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 essential food, fuel and clothing.

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.

The campaign to raise the Red Ensign across the nation each year on this day has been organised by Seafarers UK.

Seafarers UK helps people in the maritime community by providing funding to support seafarers in need and their families.

For more information, please contact the Civic Office on 0115 917 3210 or email


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