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Douglas flies the flag for Merchant Navy Day

Monday, 03 September 2018 14:04

On Monday September 3, His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Jon Joughin JP, raised the Red Ensign outside Douglas town hall in celebration of Merchant Navy Day.


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Spearheaded by maritime charity Seafarers UK, the campaign, running since 2000, aims to raise public awareness of island nations’ dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers and honours the men and women who kept those nations ‘afloat’ during the First and Second World Wars.


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His Worship was joined by the Mayoress, Mrs Angela Joughin, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ian Clague MBE, fellow councillors and officers outside the town hall where he read a message to all participating local authorities and other organisations around the British Isles from HRH The Earl of Wessex who wrote:


'On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy. Too often they are the forgotten or invisible service, by raising the Red Ensign you will ensure that at least on this day they are remembered. Your act will mean so much to their families and to the retired, but most especially to those at sea.'