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Scarborough RNLI hosts well attended remembrance service

Lifeboats News Release

Scarborough lifeboat Station hosted a Remembrance Sunday service titled 'laying poppies on the sea' (Sunday 12 November).

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Rev Graham Morgan at the lectern

The service, conducted by Rev Pam Jennings and Rev Graham Morgan, followed one at Queen Street Central Hall.

Veterans, standard bearers, wreath carriers, volunteer members of the lifeboat crew and coastguard team, army, air and sea cadets paraded from the church down to the harbour for the lifeboat house service.

Seven standard bearers took part including Mark Jenkinson, carrying the Scarborough RNLI standard.

Colin Woodhead, who chairs Scarborough RNLI, made a reading. Music was played by organist Francis Appleby, and the Sea cadets marching band playing the national anthem.

Maroons were discharged to signal the start and finish of the two minute silence, kindly sponsored by North Yorkshire Council.

Wreaths were laid out at the lifeboat house before being taken up to the Oliver’s Mount war memorial.

After the service children and families were given the opportunity to join the reverend at the waters edge to lay biodegradable poppies on the sea, near the harbour entrance.

John Senior, RNLI Scarborough President, said: ‘The event was really well attended by the public with the beach and west pier busy with people showing their respects 'we will remember them.'

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Seven standard bearers took part including Mark Jenkinson, carrying the Scarborough RNLI standard.

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Rev Pam Jennings at the Lectern

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Mark Jenkinson, carrying the Scarborough RNLI standard with Tabz Nixon carrying the Poppy Reef

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