BRITAIN’S proud seafaring tradition has been honoured by Malvern Hills District Council.

Today, chairman Cllr Dean Clarke raised the Red Ensign flag above the Council House to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, leader of the council, and Cllr Martin Allen, armed forces member champion, were also in attendance.

The Red Ensign is the recognised flag of the British Merchant Navy and since 2000 it has been flown by councils and organisations across the country on September 3.

It pays tribute to the merchant seafarers who gave their lives during both World Wars, as well as the country’s continuing reliance on the Merchant Navy as it remains responsible for 95 per cent of the UK’s imports.

The day is organised by Seafarers UK, the charity that supports the maritime community.

Cllr Clarke said: “It is an honour to be able to raise the flag and show our support to merchant seafarers past and present.

"They have played a significant role in this country’s history and continue to be vital to the success of our island nation today."