Boats are blessed at Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 10:17 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:55 26 May 2017

Lifeboat crew members with the wreaths as gig club members salute with their oars in the background. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

Lifeboat crew members with the wreaths as gig club members salute with their oars in the background. Photo RICHARD HOROBIN

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Lifeboat crew lays wreaths at sea in memory of those claimed by the waves

Millie-Jade Ellis with her poem. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINMillie-Jade Ellis with her poem. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Dozens lined the slipway at the RNLI lifeboat station in Lyme Regis on Sunday to join the annual Blessing of the Boats service.

The inter-denominational service, hosted by the Rev Chris Woodman and the Rev Keith Vivian, acknowledges and blesses those who go to sea professionally, or for fun, and remembers those who have lost their lives to the waves.

Lyme Regis Lifeboat crew line the slipway during the service. Picture: RICHARD HOROBINLyme Regis Lifeboat crew line the slipway during the service. Picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

Representatives of the town’s gig, sailing, and powerboat clubs took an active part in the service along with the volunteer lifeboat crew.

A poem written and read to the congregation by 11 year old Millie-Jade Ellis, daughter of recent lifeboat recruit Mark Ellis, drew appreciative applause.

Woodroffe School pupil Millie called her poem ‘What the Sea Means to Me.

She wrote: ‘The sea feeds me and excites me. It can take me to new countries aboard a ship. Sailing away on a really long trip. The sea is fun but sometimes rough. This is when I need to be careful and not act tough. If I am ever in trouble. Call the lifeboat at the double. So do not be afraid just be safe at sea. That is what the sea means to me.’

The service ended with the local club members and the Royal British Legion presenting wraths to the lifeboat crew who then took the wreaths aboard the lifeboat to be laid at sea.

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