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Flag raising ceremony to recognise Merchant Navy Day

South Holland District Council will hosted a special ceremony at its Priory Road offices on Tuesday 3 September in recognition of the work and the service of members of the Merchant Navy, both past and present.

The event was part of national Merchant Navy Day celebrations, and consist of a ceremonial raising of the Red Ensign flag, which remained flying for the remainder of the week, led by the Council Vice-Chairman Cllr Paul Redgate.

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars, and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn and the products and goods we take for granted.