Flags that remember the sacrifices made by seafarers during both world wars have been raised.

A Red Ensign flag was raised at Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Tuesday (September 3) and another flag was raised at Watford Borough Council.

Since it was introduced back in 2000, Merchant Navy Day has provided an opportunity to remember the sacrifices of past seafarers and by modern day seafarers.

Chairman of Three Rivers District Council, Cllr Paula Hiscocks said: “We need to remember our seafarers of the past. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their sacrifices and the contribution they made to our nation.

“It is encouraging to see the number of young people seeking a career at sea.”

Watford Observer:

Cllr Asif Khan holding the Red Ensign flag. Photo: UGC

The raising of the Red Ensign flag helps to raise awareness of the nation’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.

Watford Borough councillor Asif Khan said: "I'm pleased the flag was raised and also Watford Council marked Merchant Navy Day as well. It honours 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 per cent of the UK's imports, including half the food we eat, plenty of the fuel we burn as well as the majority of goods we take for granted.

“With Brexit looming their importance will be more significant.”