Council marks Merchant Navy Day by flying the Red Ensign over Burgh Hall

MN day 3Provost William Hendrie, councillors and officials join in the flag-raising ceremony.

By Lucy Ashton

West Dunbartonshire Council this week honoured Merchant Navy personnel past and present by flying the Red Ensign Flag.

Provost William Hendrie raised the flag at the Council Offices in the old Burgh Hall at 16 Church Street Dumbarton, to mark Merchant Navy Day and show local support for sailors in the UK and around the world.

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The Red Ensign ready to be hoisted at the old Burgh Hall in Church Street.

Clydeside has a a long-standing connection with the Merchant Navy through the hundreds of engineers who completed their apprenticeship at Denny’s Leven shipyard in Dumbarton and John Brown’s in Clydebank, as well as the other major yards on the Upper Clyde, before going to sea.

Provost Hendrie was joined by Owen Sayers Deputy Lieutenant, Commander George Troup BEM, members of the Sea Cadets, Councillors and officers from the Council to show their appreciation to all serving personnel in West Dunbartonshire and across the UK.  The event is the first flag raising ceremony to take place at the new building and the flag, which has represented the Navy since 1707, will be flown for one week.

Provost Hendrie said: “This is the fourth year we have flown the Red Ensign Flag and I would like to thank everyone for coming along and showing their support.  By flying this flag we are showing our appreciation to the men and women who work tirelessly on our behalf to keep people here and around the world safe. The Council is pleased to once again mark this important day and to show our support for the great work the men and women of the Navy do on our behalf.  It is important for serving personnel and their families to know that we fully support and appreciate the time they spend at sea away from their loved ones.”

Merchant Navy Day is marked annually on September 3 and recognises the dedication of the UK’s serving merchant seafarers and remembers the sacrifice of those brave men and women who kept supply lines open during the First and Second World Wars.

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