September 9, 2015

The Red Ensign was raised in Stirling to mark Merchant Navy Day.

The flag was flown at 10am, at Stirling Council’s headquarters at Old Viewforth, in a message of gratitude to the work done by Merchant Navy seafarers.

The Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association called for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs throughout the country on September 3.

Provost Mike Robbins and Stirling Council staff were joined by local Cadets and ex-servicemen to mark the occasion.

Provost Mike Robbins said: “Flying the Red Ensign is a great way to say thank you to Merchant Navy seafarers for all they do for Britain, and celebrate the positive values the Merchant Navy stands for.”

The flag was raised at 10am by Cadet John Dougherty who described it as an “exciting and nerve-wracking experience”.

Picture shows Cadets Evie Clarke, Elisha Bura, John Dougherty, Henry Aldwinkle and Jacob Codd with ex-servicemen Tom Shannon, Gordon Turnball, Colm O’Neill and Ian McRobbie.