Huge crowds line Cobb for Blessing of the Boats

Representatives from Lyme's seafaring organisations and the Royal British Legion, including youngsters Brooke and Faith Buckley, pass wreaths to members of the lifeboat crew at the annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony

A HUGE crowd lined the historic Cobb harbour in Lyme Regis for the annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Organised by the lifeboat crew, the ceremony celebrates Lyme’s seafaring traditions and remembers all those lost at sea.

The Reverends Stephen and Jane Skinner led the service in glorious sunshine outside the lifeboat station, with hymns accompanied by Lyme Regis Town Band. Members of the lifeboat crew and other local seafaring organisations lined the slipway, along with members of the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion.

Others attending included the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and her consort Alan Ellis; Deputy Mayor, Councillor Steve Miller and his wife Heather; county and district councillor Daryl Turner and town and district councillor Cheryl Reynolds.

Shanty singing group Harbour Voices added to the musical programme and readings were given by the mayor and local youngster Sophie Vernon, the daughter of a Lyme Regis Gig Club member, who read a poem she had written about the sea.

The Reverend Stephen Skinner carried out the blessing of the boats, after which wreaths were passed down the slipway representatives of the local seafaring organisations, and Daniel Buckley and his two young daughters Brooke and Faith, representing the Royal British Legion.

The wreaths were placed on the ‘Spirit of Loch Fyne’ lifeboat and they were later taken out to sea, accompanied by local gig boats.

For more images from the Blessing of the Boat ceremony, see our Photo Gallery

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