Merchant Navy personnel past and present were honoured last Monday as the provost raised the Red Ensign flag outside the council offices in Dumbarton.

September 3 was Merchant Navy Day – an official day of remembrance, showing support for seafarers in the UK and around the world.

Provost William Hendrie was joined by Deputy Lieutenant Owen Sayers, Commander George Troup BEM, members of the Sea Cadets, councillors and officers from the council, with the event marking the first flag-raising ceremony to take place at the new Church Street offices.

And the flag, which has represented the navy since 1707 and is now in its fourth year of being raised by the council, was flown for the duration of last week.

Provost Hendrie said: “By flying this flag we are showing our appreciation to the men and women who work tirelessly on our behalf to keep people here and around the world safe.

“The council is pleased to once again mark this important day and to publicly show our support for the great work the men and women of the navy do on our behalf.

“It is important for serving personnel and their families to know that we fully support and appreciate the time they spend at sea away from their loved ones.”