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Blessing of boats is time for remembrance at RNLI Lyme Regis

Lifeboats News Release

An estimated two hundred people attended yesterday's (Sunday, May 26) Blessing of the Boats open air service at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis lifeboat crew lay wreaths at sea during the Blessing of the Boats service.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis RNLI crew lay wreaths at sea during the Blessing of the Boats service with the local gig club providing escort in the background.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Rosemary Bragg, interregnum vicar, with the Rev.Eric Holdstock from Lyme Regis Baptist Church.The lesson was read by the newly-elected mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe.

Four wreaths were taken out to sea by the crew of the Lyme Regis lifeboat, Spirit of Loch Fyne, marking remembrance of those who have died at sea, but also celebrating 'relief and gratitude' for lifeboat crews, coastguards and helicopter crews, who have saved many lives.

Music for the service was provided by the Lyme Regis Town Band who performed in the boathouse.

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew line up on the slipway during the service.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis RNLI lifeboat crew line-up on the slipway during the service.
Some of the congregation at the Blessing of the Boats service.

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Some of the congregation at the Blessing of the Boats service.
Lyme Regis RNLI crew members take the wreaths on board

RNLI/Richard Horobin

Lyme Regis RNLI crew members take the wreaths on board during the ervice.

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