The Red Ensign flies proud in the Cotswolds

Cotswold District Council has flown the Red Ensign flag today (3 September 2019) to show its support for Merchant Navy seafarers.

Merchant Navy Day on 3 September was established in the year 2000 to honour the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars.

The day celebrates our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted.

Councillor Joe Harris, leader of Cotswold District Council said, “We’ve very proud to be raising our Red Ensign flag today to help raise awareness of our island nation’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers. Our council is one of more than 800 locations around the UK which is flying this special flag today.”

Find out more about Merchant Navy Day at

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road