Blessing of Weymouth lifeboats
The start of Weymouth RNLI annual lifeboat week began on Sunday 24 July with the traditional blessing of the lifeboats.
The all-weather lifeboat, inshore lifeboat and lifeguard RIB were all tied up alongside the harbour wall so that the crowd gathered at the harbourside near to the Pavilion could join in with the volunteer crews of Weymouth lifeboats start the busy week with a short traditional service of hymns and prayers.
The service was led by Rev. Philip Elliot and a bible reading was given by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland Borough Council. Music was supplied by The Salvation Army Band.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.