Lyme Regis RNLI Blessing of the Boats draws bank holiday crowd
An estimated 150 people joined in the annual Blessing of the Boats service at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis today (Sunday).
The inter denominational service was led by the town’s vicar, the Rev Jane Skinner with other with local church leaders. Hymns were accompanied by Lyme Regis Town Band.
Wreaths to commemorate those lost at sea were presented to volunteer members of the lifeboat crew who took them aboard the lifeboat to the wreath laying area outside the harbour.
The lifeboat was escorted by members of the Lyme Regis Gig Club.
During the service, the British Legion wreath was carried by Daisy Taylor, 7, whose father is Parade Marshal for the Lyme Regis branch, and 12 year old Simon Law, a member of the Lyme Regis Sea School, read his own poem, What the Sea Means to Me.
RNLI media contacts
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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, in a normal year, 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.