IT WAS a moving ceremony that remembered those who have died at sea.
The annual Seafarers’ service was held yesterday for Royal Navy sailors, fishermen and others.
Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Reverend David Brindley, led the service at Portsmouth’s Anglican Cathedral.
Afterwards, the congregation moved to the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson in Old Portsmouth, with a band and Marching Platoon of the Sea Cadets leading the procession.
Wreaths were laid at the statue by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Lynne Stagg, and the mayors of Havant, Fareham and Gosport.
They were also joined by Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Portsmouth Naval Base Commander, representatives from the Royal Marines and the 1805 Club & Nelson Society.
Leader of the city council, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, laid a wreath and he said he felt privileged to be part of the service.
He said: ‘The whole day was very moving and I was honoured to be a part of it again this year.
‘The service was good and I think it’s important, that as a port city, we continue to have this service that reminds us that the sea can be a dangerous place.
‘But we’re also celebrating the fact that the sea provides people with a living.’
Once the wreaths were laid at the statue, Lord Mayor Cllr Stagg went to the sea wall to lay a wreath commemorating all the lives that have been lost at sea.
She said: ‘The whole day was very poignant and the service highlighted the reason we were all there together.
‘It was nice that we could all come together for the service and remembers the people who have lost their lives but also remember Lord Admiral Nelson for Trafalgar Day.’