Hunstanton honours seafarers

Picture: The Mayor with Councillors Adrian Winnington, David Jones and Richard Bird as the Red Ensign is hoisted. MLNF15EB09671 ANL-150909-173338001

Picture: The Mayor with Councillors Adrian Winnington, David Jones and Richard Bird as the Red Ensign is hoisted. MLNF15EB09671 ANL-150909-173338001

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The mayor of Hunstanton Andrew Murray hoisted the Red Ensign on Hunstanton’s clifftop on Thursday in support of a call from the Seafarers UK Charity and Merchant Navy Association to raise awareness of the ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy Seafarers.

He said: ““As an island nation we have always depended on merchant seafarers to defend our shores and import vital food and fuel. We’re pleased to be supporting the ‘Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day’ in honour of the brave merchant seafarers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout our history, but particularly during the two World Wars.”

The Mayor then read a message from the Earl of Wessex, which said: “Too often they are the forgotten or invisible service, but by raising the Red Ensign you will ensure that at least on this day they are remembered.”