Cllr David Sprason, Chairman of the UKIP Councillors Association, is urging all UKIP Councillors on Local (parish and town) councils throughout the UK to support a campaign to raise public awareness of our island nation’s dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.
The charity Seafarers UK is asking councils to fly a Red Ensign - the British Merchant Navy’s flag - on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September.
Free ensigns are on offer to councils that would otherwise not be able to participate. Suitable venues include flagpoles in public places, on civic buildings, museums, libraries, schools and churches.
Cllr David Sprason said, "It is really important that we recognise the important role the Merchant Navy has in the past and continues to play for our economy. From those who fish our seas, to those who transport the goods that make this nation the trading nation it is we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
“Seafarers UK, which was the King George's Fund for Sailors is one year away from its centenary and was set up to care for those who have served the nation in her merchant marine. There are over 170,000 people who in part rely on their help and we should all support them.
"I am sure all our elected Councillors will do so and support this initiative".