Red Ensign Flag to be flown at venues including Ballymena Town Hall to mark Merchant Navy Day

Pictured at a previous event to mark Merchant Navy Day. Included were the then Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Lindsay Millar with then Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE and Larne Port Harbour Master Antony Van Damme.

THE Red Ensign Flag is to be flown from venues including Ballymena Town Hall to mark ‘Merchant Navy Day’ in September.

Merchant Navy Day is September 3 this year.

Councillors at Mid & East Antrim Borough Council have agreed to fly the Red Ensign Flag.

A report prepared for councillors said: ‘Since 2000 Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has
honoured the brave men and women who kept our ‘island nation’ afloat during both World Wards and celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for over 90 per cent of the UK’s imports.

‘Since 2015, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have taken part in the nationwide campaign to mark Merchant Navy Day.

‘This annual event provides us as a Borough with an opportunity to reflect our rich maritime
history and the significance of Larne Port to our economy. To mark this occasion Council participate in a flag hoisting ceremony at Larne Port with key partners.

‘It is proposed that a ceremony is held to hoist the Red Ensign flag at Larne Port on Thursday 3 September 2020. A small ceremony will be arranged in conjunction with Larne Port involving interested parties including the Merchant Navy Association, RNLI, Seafarers UK and the Royal Navy.’

The report also said it is proposed that the Red Ensign is flown for one week commencing Monday 31 August 2020 at The Braid Town Hall in Ballymena; Smiley Buildings in Larne and the Town Hall in Carrickfergus.

Larne DUP councillor Gregg McKeen proposed that the Council flies the flag and said it was a “very fitting tribute to the Merchant Navy and all they have done for us”. The proposal was seconded by Cllr Robert Logan (Alliance, Larne Lough).

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