Thurrock celebrates Merchant Navy Day

23 August 2018

Thurrock Council will once again be recognising the contribution of the Merchant Navy with a special event this September.

Merchant Navy Day, marked on 3 September each year, recognises and celebrates the men and women who have served and lost their lives throughout the First and Second World Wars.

The occasion focuses on raising money for Seafarers UK, a charity helping people in the maritime community by providing vital funding and support to seafarers in need and their families.

On Monday 3 September, at 10:20am, the Red Ensign flag of the Merchant Navy will be raised outside the Civic Offices in New Road, Grays, followed by a warm message from HRH The Earl of Wessex being read to those in attendance by the Mayor.

Ahead of the event, the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Barbara Rice, said: "It is very important that we recognise and remember the men and women who served in the Merchant Navy throughout history. They remain alive in our memories by commemorating their contribution and dedication to their country at events such as this."

Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, added: "This day is dear to my heart. My grandfather served in both the First and Second World Wars and was in the Merchant Navy. Raising the Red Ensign once again signifies our commitment to remembering the sacrifices of those in the Merchant Navy – their strength and dedication to their service, their people and their country.”

Donations to Seafarers UK can be made via the Merchant Navy Fund. You can find out more about upcoming events in Thurrock at