Thurrock Council to recognise Merchant Navy Day

THURROCK Council is recognising the contribution of the Merchant Navy past and present to borough and the country as a whole.

Merchant Navy Day on 3 September celebrates the men and women who have served and lost their lives for what is an often overlooked part of our security and maritime economy.

The campaign is focussed on raising money for Seafarers UK, a charity which helps people in the maritime community by providing vital funding and support to seafarers in need and their families.

At an event on Friday 2 September at 10.30am, The Red Ensign of the Merchant Navy will be raised outside Civic Offices and message from HRH The Earl of Wessex will be read out by the Mayor to those in attendance.

Ahead of the day, Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Cathy Kent, commented on the importance of the event: “The men and women who served in the Merchant Navy during the First and Second World Wars should never be forgotten. Thurrock owes a debt of gratitude to those who lost their lives and who today are an integral part of our trade with other nations.”

The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, endorsed the campaign saying: “On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign by Seafarers UK to remember the sacrifices, solute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.”

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