Cumbria County Council shows its support for Merchant Navy Day (Saturday 3 September) by displaying the Red Ensign Flag at Kendal County Offices; Cumbria House, Carlisle; and Workington Harbor today and over the weekend.
September 3, 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World War and also marked Britain’s first major maritime accident, the merchant ship SS Athenia being torpedoed just hours after the outbreak of hostilities.
This day later became enshrined as Merchant Navy Day to honor the bravery of those in both World Wars and to raise awareness of the UK’s continued reliance on Merchant Navy sailors.
The County Council is supporting the Seafarers UK Charity and Merchant Navy Association’s nationwide call for the official British Merchant Navy flag to be flown over public buildings and monuments.
The Red Ensign, also known as the Red Duster, is flown from the flagpoles at County Offices and Cumbria House, and at Workington Harbor using a Liebherr crane.
The Port of Workington, owned and operated by Cumbria County Council, has an operational area of approximately 50 acres, handling up to 500,000 tonnes of cargo annually, including dry bulk, liquid bulk, l renewable energy, project freight, forest products and containers.
Read more about Merchant Seafarers Day on The Seafarers Charity website.
Cumbria County Council Chairman Councilor Andy Connell said:
“Merchant Navy Day is a great way to show our appreciation for the servicemen and women who kept our ‘island nation’ afloat during both world wars and a wonderful opportunity for the nation to show support for those who continue to serve their country at sea.. Cumbria County Council proud to fly the flag.
Councilor Celia Tibble, Cabinet Member and Holder of the Armed Forces Portfolio, added:
“I am delighted that we are once again supporting Merchant Navy Day and have been able to organize the deployment of the Red Ensign from the port of Workington again this year. It’s the largest port in Cumbria and one of the main hubs in the North West of England, so to fly a flag is a great way for us to honor and celebrate our reliance on towards modern merchant seamen who are responsible for 90% of the UK’s imports, including much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and other imports.
Cumbria County Council Speaker, Cllr Andy Connell and Cabinet Member and Armed Forces Portfolio Holder, Cllr Celia Tibble with the Red Ensign outside Cumbria House, Carlisle.