Deadline soon for Bute sailor’s flag petition

George and June McKenzie's yacht Queen B flying the Scottish Ensign at the Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival.

George and June McKenzie's yacht Queen B flying the Scottish Ensign at the Tarbert Traditional Boat Festival.

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The deadline is looming for members of the public to comment on a Bute sailor’s bid to gain official recognition for the Scottish Ensign.

Comments on George McKenzie’s petition to the Scottish Parliament close on the Parliament’s website on Wednesday, July 8.

At the time this article was written, the petition had attracted 65 comments, most of them supportive of the campaign.

Mr McKenzie’s petition asks the Scottish Parliament “to urge the Scottish Government to seek a warrant from the UK Government in terms of Part 1, Section 2(3)(a) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, for the re-introduction Scottish Red Ensign as an ‘informal or voluntary’ ensign for Scottish vessels”.

Technically the flying of the Scottish Red Ensign is illegal, although there is no record of any yacht owner having been prosecuted for its use.

To view the comments made so far, and to add your own view, click here. The parliament’s Public Petitions Committee will consider Mr McKenzie’s request when its members return from their summer break, though no date has yet been set for the hearing.