WATCH: Lyme Regis lifeboat crew host Blessing of the Boats ceremony

A LARGE crowd gathered at Lyme Regis lifeboat station on Sunday afternoon for the annual Blessing of the Boats. 

The ceremony remembers all those lost at sea, and blesses all those who use the harbour for the coming year.

Residents and visitors were welcomed by the Reverend Chris Martin, who led the service, assisted by Alan Vian from Lyme Regis Baptist Church, who led the prayers.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, read the lesson as his last official duty before stepping down and resigning from the town council this week.

Hymns and the national anthem were accompanied by Lyme Regis Town Band and the Lyme Bay Moonrakers shanty singers provided further musical entertainment.

A highlight of the ceremony was a clever poem about Lyme’s connection with the sea, written and delivered by two young girls.

The Reverend Martin carried out the blessing, and floral wreaths were then passed down the slipway by members of Lyme’s seafaring organisations and the Royal British Legion.

They were then placed on the lifeboat and taken out to sea.

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