Borough Council of Wellingborough

Merchant Navy Day Commemorations

Published Thursday, 22 August 2019

The Deputy Mayor of Wellingborough invites residents to commemorate Merchant Navy Day.

Residents are invited to join the Deputy Mayor of the Borough Council of Wellingborough, Councillor Malcolm Ward, to commemorate Merchant Navy Day on Tuesday 3 September from 10am to raise the Red Ensign flag at Swanspool House.

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

This date is now recognised 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 Deputy Mayor, Councillor Malcom Ward, said: “I am delighted that we will once again 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. I would welcome everyone to come along and join me for the annual ceremony.”