Weymouth RNLI lifeboat annual blessing of the lifeboats.

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday the 28th July at 7.30pm a large crowd gathered on the quayside at Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station to join with the volunteer lifeboat crews in the service of thanksgiving for the 150th anniversary of the station and the annual blessing of the lifeboats.

The crowd on the quayside

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The crowd on the quayside

The service was led by Cannon Andrew Gough from Holy Trinity Church with the address being given by The Arch Deacon of Sherborne Penny Sayer. The Salvation Army Band provided the music.

At the end of the service, Weymouth Town Mayor Graham Winter unveiled a plaque on the wall of the lifeboat station celebrating the 150 years of its opening.

RNLI/Ken Francis

The lifeboat crews at the blessing

RNLI/Ken Francis

Weymouth Town Mayor unveiling the plaque

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