Red Ensign on Town Hall smThe Red Ensign was raised on the Town Hall on Friday morning in a well attended event to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Seafarers Uk, the charity that oversees Merchant Navy Day says:

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 much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted!

Whitchurch Town Council was approached to be part of this recognition and engaged the support of local veterans including Paul McGarvey publican of the Bell (and ex-Merchant Mavy) who coordinated attendance.

The message from HRH The Earl of Wessex is read out. (click to enlarge)

The message from HRH The Earl of Wessex is read out. (click to enlarge)

Several past members of the Merchant Navy were present as well as representatives from the Royal British Legion.
The Town Mayor Cllr John Buckley read a letter from HRH The Earl of Wessex and expressed the Town Council’s support and admiration for the Service, before the flag was hoisted on the Town Hall.

Following the event most present decanted to The Bell to raise a few glasses, share memories, experiences and each others company.


Merchant Navy Day is officially Sunday 3rd September.The flag was hoisted on Friday to allow it to fly over the whole weekend on the suggestion of Seafarers UK.