Blessing of the Boats 2021

Despite torrential rain initially, the clouds lifted and the Blessing the Boats service went ahead this afternoon as planned.  This popular event is usually held in May but was postponed this year due to the virus.  It is always very well attended and today was no exception.
All organisations with connections to the sea were represented and the band was there to accompany the hymns.  The most moving aspect of the service is when the lifeboat silently slips out of the harbour to lay the wreaths out at sea, following which the band softly plays Amazing Grace. As part of the service the daughter of one of the lifeboat men, Eden, read a poem she had written about the RNLI and the Lyme Bay Moonrakers sang several sea shanties. After the service, as the crowd dispersed, we rounded off the afternoon playing “Beyond the Sea” and “The Wellerman”: both pieces seemed appropriate for the occasion.
As we were leaving, Annette Denning, mother of champion collector Josh, produced a lovely cake she had made for Kathy, our solo cornet player, to celebrate her birthday today.
Our next performance is when we return to Marine Parade on Tuesday, 10th August at 8.00 pm for one of our seafront concerts.
(Thanks to Anna for the photos and Gilly for the words)

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