Merchant Navy Day 2020
Today is Merchant Navy Day, an annual event that has been recognised nationally since 3rd September 2000.
The purpose of the event is to highlight the past and present contributions of all those who have served in the Merchant Navy, and the UK’s dependence on the modern day Merchant Navy.
It is estimated that the modern day Merchant Navy are responsible for more than 90% of the UK’s imports according to Seafarers UK, accounting for almost half the food we eat, much of the fuel we use, and many of the products and goods we take for granted in everyday life.
To celebrate Merchant Navy Day, towns, cities and Local Authorities are asked to fly the Red Ensign, the official flag of the British Merchant Navy since the 18th century, across civic buildings and prominent flagpoles. This year, Sunderland City Council will be posting on social media (@SunderlandUK) a message from the Mayor of Sunderland, asking people to join him for a minute’s silence and reflection before raising the Red Ensign, as well as further speeches by The Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear and Captain Stephen Healey, FNI. Later in the day, city landmarks such as Penshaw Monument, Keel Square and Fulwell Mill will be lit up in red, white and blue.
Published 03/09/2020 by Rachel Lawson