Chairman flags up support for seafarers

  |  Published: Aug 24th 2015
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The flag will go up at Old County Hall in Aylesbury at 10am on Thursday September 3 to honour the country's seafarers.

Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman Bill Chapple OBE will raise the Red Ensign to mark national Merchant Navy Day, and he is appealing to seafarers past and present to join him.

'It will be a simple flag raising - no pomp or ceremony,' said Bill. 'But I do want it to pay tribute to the men and women of our Merchant Navy whose seafaring skills bring us 90% of our imports - and that includes half the food we eat.'

September 3 was chosen because on this day in 1939 - the first day of World War II - the SS Athenia was the first merchant ship to be torpedoed with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.

Bill said the UK's prosperity has depended on the Merchant Navy since international trade began. 'It was during the war we realised that as an island nation, without the courageous service of these seafarers, we would soon have been starved of food and other essentials. I hope their modern day counterparts will join me to raise the Red Ensign with pride.'

The Chairman will be supported by Sea Cadets for the flag-raising.

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