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Merchant Navy Day

Published: 06/09/2016

At 9:30am on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September, Flintshire County Council hoisted the Red Ensign at County Hall Mold to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers. The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Peter Curtis, led a short ceremony before raising the flag. Flintshire County Council supports a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs. Councillor Peter Curtis, Chairman of the Council said: “I am proud that Flintshire County Council is joining other public organisations across Wales and the UK in recognising the valuable work of the Merchant Navy and its contribution to the well-being of the Nation.” 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, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on 3 September.