The council has announced it will fly the Red Ensign on September 3 to celebrate Merchant Navy Day, when the whole country will recognise the Merchant Navy’s historic and current role.
The headquarters building on Sandwick Road will fly the flag following a nationwide call from charity Seafarers UK and the Merchant Navy Association that the flag be further flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.
Seafarers UK’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying: “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, Britain relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95 percent of its imports, including half the food eaten by Britons. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe. Many UK ports across the country are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on September 3.