Red Ensign to fly over Gateshead for Merchant Navy Day

Merchant navy flag flying

The Red Ensign, the official flag of the UK's Merchant Navy, will be flown at Gateshead Civic Centre this week to mark Merchant Navy Day.

The Mayor of Gateshead Councillor Michael Hood will officially mark the occasion on Tuesday September 3 by ordering the raising of the Red Ensign on one the council's three flag poles overlooking Regent Terrace in Gateshead town centre.

Merchant Navy Day has been celebrated on 3 September every year since 2000 in honour of the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and to celebrate the UK's dependence on our modern day merchant seafarers.

Today's Merchant Navy is responsible for around 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat and much of the fuel we burn.

Organised by the charity Seafarers UK, their target for 2019's Merchant Navy Day is for the Red Ensign to be flown ashore at more than one thousand locations across the UK including civic centres, village greens, churches, tourist attractions and ports.

Last year, Seafarers UK supported 56 organisations and projects helping seafarers in need and their families and distributed almost £2.5m in grants.

A short public ceremony to mark Merchant Navy Day, culminating with the raising of the Red Ensign, will be held at 10.15am on Tuesday 3 September outside of Gateshead Civic Centre.

Merchant navy flag flying
30 August 2019

The Red Ensign, the official flag of the UK's Merchant Navy, will be flown at Gateshead Civic Centre this week to mark Merchant Navy Day.

The Mayor of Gateshead Councillor Michael Hood will officially mark the occasion on Tuesday September 3 by ordering the raising of the Red Ensign on one the council's three flag poles overlooking Regent Terrace in Gateshead town centre.

Merchant Navy Day has been celebrated on 3 September every year since 2000 in honour of the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and to celebrate the UK's dependence on our modern day merchant seafarers.

Today's Merchant Navy is responsible for around 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat and much of the fuel we burn.

Organised by the charity Seafarers UK, their target for 2019's Merchant Navy Day is for the Red Ensign to be flown ashore at more than one thousand locations across the UK including civic centres, village greens, churches, tourist attractions and ports.

Last year, Seafarers UK supported 56 organisations and projects helping seafarers in need and their families and distributed almost £2.5m in grants.

A short public ceremony to mark Merchant Navy Day, culminating with the raising of the Red Ensign, will be held at 10.15am on Tuesday 3 September outside of Gateshead Civic Centre.

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