Lifeboat Carol Service
A brief shower of rain and the cold winters evening did not put off the crowd of hundreds who gathered at Weymouth harbourside to join in with the volunteer crews from the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station for the annual carol service.
Set against the backdrop of the crew wearing their all weather yellow jackets and lining the side of the Severn Class lifeboat 'Ernest and Mabel', the service was conducted by the Rev. Canon Andrew Gough from Holy Trinity Church with music from the Salvation Army Band. The town Mayor Graham Winter and lifeboat DLA Malcolm Wright gave the bible readings.
The service started with Lifeboat Operations Manager Nicki Ayling welcoming everyone to the service and also passing on the sad news that the recent stations Chairman of the Management Group Rob Michael had sadly passed away and that the station flag was being flown at half mast as a sign of respect.
The lifeboat carol service is a tradition of many years which is always well attended by locals both young and old regardless of the weather.
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.