Borough Council of Wellingborough

The Mayor commemorates Merchant Navy Day

Published Wednesday, 05 September 2018

The Mayor raised the Red Ensign flag at Swanspool House in remembrance of the Merchant Navy

The Worshipful The Mayor of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Councillor Malcolm Ward accompanied by councillors, officers and members of the public, raised the Red Ensign flag at Swanspool House on Monday 3 September to commemorate Merchant Navy Day.

3rd September 1939 marks the outbreak of the second world war and the first British maritime casualty. The merchant vessel Athenia was torpedoed just hours after the first missiles were declared, with a loss of 128 passengers and crew.

This date is now regarded nationally as Merchant Navy Day and people across the country come together to remember the sacrifices members of the Merchant Navy, past and present, have made to protect our nation.

The Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Ward, said: “I am delighted that so many people were able to gather to raise the Red Ensign at Swanspool House to commemorate our Merchant Navy, and the sacrifices men and women have made, and continue to make, for our country.”