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Red Ensign being flown over Burnley to honour Merchant Navy

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Monday, 28 August, 2017

The Red Ensign flag will be flown over Burnley Town Hall as part of a national campaign to honour the Merchant Navy.

Burnley Council has once again agreed to take part in the campaign to raise awareness of the role the Merchant Navy has played, and continues to play, in bringing essential goods to Britain.

This Sunday (3rd September) is Red Ensign Day and organisations across the country have been asked to mark it in their own way. Because it falls on a Sunday the flag will be raised over the town hall on Friday (1st Sept) and remain there over the weekend.

The 3rd September 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World War. It also saw the first major British maritime casualty of the war when the merchant vessel St Athenia was torpedoed with the loss of 128 passengers and crew, just a few hours after hostilities were declared.

The Red Ensign, or “Red Duster” as it’s affectionately known, has been the recognised flag of the British Merchant Navy since 1854. It is inextricably linked with the worldwide trade links that helped make the UK’s fortune.

More information is available at www.merchantnavyday.uk

Caption: The Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Howard Baker, with the Red Ensign before it was flown over Burnley Town Hall.

 

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