One of our members wrote to her local MSP about the Seafarers UK #redensign campaign and below is the reply she received. Many thanks to MSP Dave Thomson for his support to the #redensign and the Merchant Navy.
"Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We thought it might be better to respond when we had something concrete to tell you.
Dave has since submitted a Motion on Merchant Navy Day (3rd September) acknowledging the sacrifices made by the Merchant navy and also highlighting the great work that the men and women of the Merchant Navy still do all around the world. We also put out a press release to this effect yesterday so it might be worth having a look at the Highland papers today – maybe one or two will have picked up on the release.
The Motion in full is below. A link to the Parliament website is underneath and a copy of the press release is at the very bottom:
Motion S4M-13942: Dave Thompson, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/08/2015
That the Parliament is aware of Merchant Navy Day, which will take place on 3 September 2015; acknowledges the campaign by Seafarers UK to celebrate the day by flying the Red Ensign, the Merchant Navy’s official flag; notes calls for MSPs to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the Merchant Navy; celebrates the time of John Thompson, father of Dave Thompson MSP, in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War as a ship's baker, circumnavigating the globe, taking part in Atlantic convoys, being torpedoed in the Mediterranean but surviving throughout the entire war; understands that northern men, in particular, were much sought after in the Merchant fleet due to their seafaring traditions; recognises Scotland’s ancient seafaring and trading tradition, and appreciates what it considers the great work that the men and women of the Merchant Navy still do all around the world.
“Merchant Navy Day Welcomed by MSP
Dave Thompson, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has welcomed Merchant Navy Day which will take place on 3 September 2015 and has tabled a motion calling on the Scottish Parliament to acknowledge the campaign by Seafarers UK to celebrate the day by flying the Red Ensign, the Merchant Navy’s official flag.
Mr Thompson said,
“I call upon the Parliament to acknowledge Merchant Navy Day and urge MSPs to remember the sacrifices of our merchant sea men, as we salute their courage and support the future of the Merchant Navy.
“My own father, John, was in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War as a ship's baker, travelling all around the world, taking part in Atlantic convoys, and he survived being torpedoed in the Mediterranean.
Northern men in particular were much sought after in the Merchant fleet due to their searfaring traditions which be recognised and celebrated as we show official appreciation to Scotland's ancient seafaring and trading tradition".