Honiton to fly Red Ensign to mark Merchant Navy Day

Honiton Town Council is to answer the call of the Merchant Navy Fund and raise the Red Ensign in Dowell Street tomorrow (September 3).

It is Merchant Navy Day, a time for people to remember and honour brave men and women who kept Britain afloat during both World Wars.

The charity for merchant seafarers, the fund wants to see the flag flown ashore at more than one thousand locations – for up to a week.

The annual event, taking place nationally, also recognises the role the Merchant Navy plays in trade. It is currently responsible for up to 95 per cent of the UK’s imports, including half the food on shop shelves, fuel and many other goods people take for granted.

The Red Ensign is the Merchant Navy’s official flag and will be flown tomorrow on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles.

Town councils were among those invited to take part.

The Earl of Wessex has written a statement which Honiton Town Council can read out during the service.

Inviting the community to attend the event, the council said in a statement: “On Tuesday at 11am, the Red Ensign will be raised in honour of merchant sailors, past and present who risk and have given their lives.

“There will be a short commemoration before the flag is raised. Please come – support and honour these brave people.”

The event is taking place at The Beehive.

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