South Holland District Council Raises the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day

MND FlagSouth Holland District Council hosted a celebration at their Priory Road office in Spalding on Monday September 3, with a ceremonial raising of the Red Ensign flag in recognition of the work and the service of members of the Merchant Navy.

The ceremony was led by council Chairman Cllr Rodney Grocock and he was joined by military veterans, members of the public, councillors and council officers and the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP.

The event was held as part of Merchant Navy Day, the annual national campaign that started in 2000, held to recognise merchant seafarers both past and present since its formation in the 17th century.

South Holland District Council Chairman, Cllr Rodney Grocock, said: "It was fantastic to see such a large and diverse turnout for the event today, bringing together a wealth of people to recognise the vital work of these often unsung military personnel, the Merchant Navy.

MND 2"South Holland District Council is always proud to show its support for the Merchant Navy and the rest of the armed forces and show our tremendous appreciation and support for our troops. The sheer quantity of food and resources that they transports is phenomenal and it is vitally important to remember their sacrifices and courage and support their future together.

"Events and celebrations like this mean so much to those who have served, their families, and those still out there at sea, and it is crucial that the Red Ensign Flag continues to be raised and recognised for many years to come."

The flag will remain flying at the Council Offices until the end of the week. Visit www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant-navy-day/ to find out more about the day and the celebrations and history behind it.