Daventry to honour Merchant Navy Day

The Red Ensign will be raised in Daventry next week
The Red Ensign will be raised in Daventry next week

Daventry Town Council will be flying the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day to remember the sacrifices and courage of those who served during both World Wars.

The ceremony takes place on Monday, September 3 at 10.30am 2018 at the Twinning Area in Daventry town centre; all are welcome to attend.

Daventry Town Council is one of more than 600 councils across the UK to participate in Merchant Navy Day to help raise awareness of the country's dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

The flag will be flown throughout the week.

Monday (September 3) marks the official Merchant Navy Day which saw the first major British maritime casualty.

The merchant vessel SS Athenia was torpedoed just a few hours after hostilities were declared in 1939, killing 128 passengers and crew.

The Mayor of Daventry, Councillor Lynn Jones, will be supporting Seafarer’s UK Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day campaign by attending the flag raising ceremony, along with other town council members and community leaders.