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Merchant Navy Day

The Town Council carried on their new tradition of celebrating Merchant Navy Day on Tuesday 3rd September. Vice-Chairman Cllr Vivien Rosier proudly raised the Red Ensign Flag in a small ceremony on Strand Wharf with a prayer from Father Clive Hillman to commemorate and celebrate the work of Merchant Navy Seafarers. Cllr Anita Forde also spoke about her personal connection to the Merchant Navy. 

Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'island nation' afloat during both World Wars. It also celebrates our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK's imports, including food, fuel and many products we take for granted.

Leigh-on-Sea Town Councillors were joined by representatives from Southend Borough Council, Canvey Town Council and local MP Sir David Amess.