Seafarers past and present commemorated on Merchant Navy Day

02 September 2017

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Veterans from the Royal Naval Association, Standard Bearers from the Merchant Navy and representatives from Woking Sea Cadets joined the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Graham Cundy, outside the Civic Offices to mark Merchant Navy Day (Sunday 3 September 2017) and raise awareness of Britain’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

At 9.59am, Cllr Cundy read a special message of support from HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO before the Red Ensign was proudly raised above the Civic Offices.

Cllr Graham Cundy, added: “As an island nation, we pride ourselves on our rich maritime heritage. It is very important to mark Merchant Navy Day and pay tribute to the many brave men and women of the Merchant Navy who have lost their lives during conflict and peace time tragedies.”

Merchant Navy Day has been observed in the UK since 2000. The campaign to 'Fly the Red Ensign' was started last year to remind UK citizens - none of whom live more than 70 miles from the sea – that they depend on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of imports.

For more information about Merchant Navy Day, please visit the Merchant Navy Fund website.


For further information, please contact Woking Borough Council's Marketing Communications Manager, Andy Denner, on 01483 743026 or email