Flag raising to mark Merchant Navy Day

Published Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 14:31

The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Faryad Hussain, will lead a short ceremony to honour the brave men and women who kept the nation afloat during both World Wars.

The Mayor will oversee the flying of the Red Ensign outside Blackburn Town Hall on September 3 at 10am to mark Merchant Navy Day.

A flag will also be raised outside Darwen at the same time.

Boroughs around the country will mark the event, held every year since 2000.

The event also celebrates our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95 per cent of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat.

September 3 is officially designed Merchant Navy Day because on that date in 1939, the first day of the Second World War, SS Athenia was the first merchant ship to be torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

The Mayor said: “We are honoured to take part in this event. This country depends on the Merchant Navy and indeed without the seafarers’ sacrifices during both World Wars, the UK would have starved and been left without other essential supplies.

“We cannot forget the debt we owe these brave men and women on a daily basis.”

Councillor Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Every town, city and region of the United Kingdom, including Blackburn with Darwen, greatly benefits from the work merchant seafarers do. It is only right that we give thanks to them by raising the flag.”



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