Council to mark Merchant Navy Day

Posted on Thursday 29th August 2019

On Monday 2 September, Newport City Council will recognise national Merchant Navy Day in honour of the sailors who have provided essential supplies to the UK since the First World War.

It will fly the Red Ensign, the Merchant Navy's official flag, outside the Civic Centre.

A flag-raising ceremony and blessing will take place outside the main reception area of the civic centre from 10am.

Reverend Mark Lawson-Jones, from the Mission to Seafarers, will conduct the service, which will include a reading by the Mayor, William J. Routley and a message from HRH the Earl of Wessex, delivered by The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Russ Wardle.

Alan Speight, of the Newport Merchant Navy Association, will raise the flag.

Representatives from various armed services will also be in attendance as well as councillors and council employees. 

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