A RED Ensign flag was hoisted up above the Bracknell Town Council's Chambers in support of Merchant Navy Day.

Members of the town council gathered at 11am on September 3 to honour the seamen in the Navy who lost their lives.

The event also encouraged children to learn about the historical day with a colouring competition held in the weeks prior to the event.

Ewen Cameron won the competition and was thrilled to receive his prize.

Councillor Gill Birch, chair of the community evens committee, said: "I was really pleased to honour the seamen who lost their lives at sea by raising the flag as I often feel they are the unsung heroes. I was delighted to see such a great turnout and especially the support of the Royal Naval Association.”

Bracknell Town Council deputy mayor councillor Roger Meakes was supported by the Bracknell branch of the Royal Naval Association, Bracknell Forest Mayor, chairman of Crowthorne Parish Council and Chairman of Winkfield Parish Council.

The council wanted to support Merchant Navy as they feel it is an important cause as 95 per cent of our imports are carried by shipping, including half of the food we eat.

More than 75 per cent of our exports depend on the Merchant Navy and the event is nationally organised by Seafarers UK and many other organisations across the country.