THE FLAG was hoisted above St Paul’s Church in Alcester to mark Merchant Navy Day.
Residents and members from the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion gathered to raise the red ensign on Thursday (September 3).
Since the year 2000, Merchant Navy Day has honoured the men and women who kept the nation afloat during both World Wars.
In recent years it has also helped commemorate the country’s dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95 per cent of the UK’s imports.
More than 200 local authorities flew the flag ouside public buildings as part of the celebration.