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Merchant Navy Day flag raising

Share your stories of your days at sea and help us celebrate Merchant Navy Day 2017.

Merchant Navy Day 2017

The annual Merchant Navy Day flag raising will be held at the East Renfrewshire Council Headquarters on Friday 1 September at 10am.

East Renfrewshire Provost Jim Fletcher will raise the Red Ensign at Eastwood Park, in Giffnock, to raise awareness of the UK's ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

Residents with close connections to the Merchant Navy are being encouraged to come along to mark the occasion and share their stories, memories and artefacts.

The Merchant Navy, past and present, has often been an unsung service but many who have sailed the globe under our country's colours have shown sacrifice and bravery. They helped keep the country afloat during wartime, and in peacetime often face challenging conditions while doing their job. Merchant Navy Day is held across the UK as a way to celebrate all those who have carried out a range of roles over the years. I would encourage anyone who has seen service and has a particular story they want to share with us, to please get in touch and join us for the flag raising.
- Provost Jim Fletcher

Anyone in East Renfrewshire who wants to attend the event and share their story should call 0141 577 3107 or email

You can also write to Members' Services, East Renfrewshire Council, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, G46 6UG.

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