[A] flag raising ceremony will take place to mark Merchant Navy Day at Allerdale House in Workington on Friday 1 September.
The ceremony, which is being held by the Mayor of Allerdale, Councillor Mary Bainbridge, will mark the celebrations taking place nationwide in support of the men and women of the Merchant Navy community, which includes serving personnel and their families, veterans and the Cadet Forces.
The event will be attended by representatives from the Sea Cadets, local veterans, and is open to members of the public. Those wishing to join the ceremony will be asked to meet by the flag pole at Allerdale House at 9:45am and the Red Ensign will be raised by the Mayor at 10am.
Merchant Navy Day takes place nationally on Sunday 3 September. Hundreds of places across Britain will take part in the Seafarers UK ‘Fly the Red Ensign’ campaign, to honour those who kept our ‘island nation’ afloat during both World Wars, and celebrate the modern day Merchant Navy seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK’s imports, including half the food we eat.