Merchant Navy Day to be marked with city centre ceremony

Members of the public are invited to attend a ceremony on Merchant Navy Day to pay tribute to the sacrifices of seafarers.

The Red Ensign, the Merchant Navy’s official flag, will be raised at the War Memorial in Bridge Street, Peterborough, at 10am on Thursday 3 September.

Since its introduction in 2000, Merchant Navy Day has provided an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of the seafarers of the past, to show appreciation for British shipping today and to look ahead to our future as a maritime nation.

Peterborough City Council is supporting the event after it was approached by Seafarers UK, a charity that helps people in the maritime community.

The ceremony, from 9.55am, one of many which will be held across the country at the same time, will be led by the Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr John Peach, alongside The Reverend Canon Bruce Ruddock, Canon Precentor at Peterborough Cathedral.

The Mayor said: "I hope many people will attend this poignant ceremony. It is important to publicly recognise the work, loyalty and dedication to duty of the men and women who serve in the British Merchant Navy."

The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, adding: "On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy."

As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on 3 September.

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