Flying the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day

Published Tuesday, 03 September 2019

THE RED ENSIGN is flying in the borough today (3 September) to recognise Merchant Navy Day.

The flag was raised over Argents Mead in a short ceremony attended by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Councillor and Armed Forces Champion Danny Findlay, Bill Cullen, Chief Executive of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, and Paul and Sue Gardner representing Hinckley District Past & Present. A second Red Ensign is flying from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s offices at the Hinckley Hub.

3 September marks the day in 1939 when the first major British maritime casualty occurred during the Second World War. Without our merchant ships and the brave seafarers keeping our island nation afloat during both World Wars, we would have been quickly starved of food and other essential supplies.

Although many hundreds of merchant ships and thousands of seafarers would meet the same fate in the years to come, 3 September is now enshrined as 'Merchant Navy Day' to honour those brave men and women who kept the nation afloat during both World Wars.

Councillor Danny Findlay, Armed Forces Champion for Hinckley & Bosworth Council said: “It’s an honour to support this national event. It is another positive example which clearly demonstrates how Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is proud to support our Armed Forces and Merchant Navy.”

Simon Jones, Cultural Services Manager at the Borough Council added: “It is worth remembering that, even during peacetime, the men and women of our seafaring community routinely face the perils of violent storms and mountainous seas to ensure the safe passage of 90% of our imports, including half of the food we eat, as well as 75% of our exports.”