Merchant Navy Day planned

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Veterans and their families with a connection to the Merchant Navy are being invited to a special event in Melton.

Merchant Navy Day, on September 3 at the Melton Council offices, has been organised to honour the brave men and women who served with the commercial shipping service during the world wars to help the country survive.

A Red Ensign flag - which was adopted by the British Merchant Navy in 1984 - will be flown at the Parkside-based council on the day.

Mayor of Melton, Councillor Jeanne Douglas, will be hosting the event.

She said: “I would like anyone in our community involved with the Merchant Navy -families and veterans - who would be interested in participating in a short commemorative event to mark Merchant Navy Day to contact me via the Mayor’s office.”

The Mayor can be contacted at or on 01664 502314.

September 3 was the date when the Second World War began and when Britain had its first maritime casualty.