Southend honours brave Merchant Navy seafarers

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will be flying the Red Ensign outside the Civic Centre to specially remember past, present and future members of the Merchant Navy.

This ceremonial tribute at Southend Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, marks Merchant Navy Day, which is Sunday September 3, will take place on Friday 1 September.

It is part of a national campaign by Seafarers UK to celebrate the courage and sacrifice of those in this often unsung service.

Cllr John Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “It is very important to remember and salute those who have served, are serving and will serve in future with the Merchant Navy.

“We hope that on Merchant Naval Day especially everyone will spare a thought to thank them for their bravery.

“Many people in the borough have family and friends linked in some way with the Merchant Navy, and some have relatives who have given their lives in this service.

“For instance, we know that Southend people, lost during the Second World War, are named on the Merchant Navy memorial at Tower Hill in London.”

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