Date Published: 04 September 2019
The British Merchant Navy’s iconic red flag has been raised outside Oakham Library on to mark Merchant Navy Day 2019.
Merchant Navy Day is celebrated throughout the UK on 3rd September each year – the day that marked the start of the Second World in 1939 and which saw the first British maritime casualty of the conflict.
Rutland is one of more than 1,000 local areas listed on a ‘Roll of Honour’ as proud participants in Merchant Navy Day and joined local councils around the UK in flying the Merchant Navy’s Red Ensign or "Red Duster". The flag will be flown outside Oakham Library and other locations for the next week.
“Merchant Navy Day is important for the whole country, not just coastal areas or those with a direct connection to the shipping industry. It’s a chance for all of us to show our appreciation for those who have helped to keep our country going during the best and worst of times. It’s been fantastic to see members of the public turn out alongside our maritime veterans to pay their respects to the Merchant Navy. As a county, we are always proud to show our support for all branches of the Armed Forces.”
Councillor Ian Razzell, Armed Forces Champion
Merchant Navy Day was first recognised on 3rd September 2000 and is supported by The Merchant Navy Fund, along with local authorities across the UK.
Rutland’s Merchant Navy flag was raised by Captain Robert Strick, following opening addresses by Council Chairman Kenneth Bool and the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness.
"This year it was especially pleasing to see yet more of our Royal Navy and Merchant Navy veterans in attendance with their families, alongside fellow Veterans from the other services".
Councillor Ian Razzell