FLINTSHIRE Council raised the Red Ensign on Thursday, to mark Merchant Navy Day.

The Council takes pride in showing support for seafarers on which the UK depends.

A council spokesman said: "Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the brave men and women who kept our 'Island Nation' afloat during both World Wars.

"We also celebrate our continued dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible most of the UK's imports, including much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted."

Flintshire Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Andy Dunbobbin, said: “Flintshire County Council is committed to the Armed Forces Covenant.

"In tribute to the commitment, bravery and self-sacrifice of our current and former seafarers, we are proud to raise the Red Ensign to support Merchant Navy Day."

Councillor Marion Bateman, chair of Flintshire County Council said: "We have been observing Merchant Navy Day for some years and raising the Red Ensign is our annual recognition of our support for them.

"The Merchant Navy has an important part to play in our history as a nation and continues to safely deliver vital supplies to our shores.”