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Ryedale District Council joined hundreds of local authorities across the UK to honour Merchant Navy personnel past and present.

Ahead of Merchant Navy Day on 3 September, Chairman of Ryedale District Council, Councillor Bob Gardiner was joined by Councillor Linda Cowling to raise the Red Ensign flag at Ryedale House in Malton.

Now in its sixth year, Merchant Navy Day recognises the dedication of the UK’s serving merchant seafarers and remembers the sacrifice of those brave men and women who kept supply lines open during the First and Second World Wars.

The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying:

“On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.”

Chairman Bob Gardiner, who worked at sea from 1975 until recently said: “It is an honour to mark Merchant Navy Day with the flying of the Red Ensign flag at Ryedale House.

“It is important to recognise the commitment and self-sacrifice of both our serving and former seafarers. The Merchant Navy has an important part to play in our history as a nation and continues to safely deliver vital supplies to our shores.”

To find out more about Merchant Navy Day visit www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant- navy-day.

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