Portsmouth service pays tribute to all seafarers

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Steven Wylie throws a wreath into the sea to commemorate all those who lives have been lost at sea. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142985-2977)
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Steven Wylie throws a wreath into the sea to commemorate all those who lives have been lost at sea. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142985-2977)

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A POIGNANT service paid tribute to those who have lost their lives at sea.

The annual Seafarers Service took place at the Anglican Cathedral in High Street, Old Portsmouth, led by the Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Rev David Brindley.

It was attended by civic leaders including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie, city council leader, Councillor Donna Jones, Nigel Atkinson, Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, and the mayors of Havant and Fareham, Marjorie Smallcorn and David Norris, along with senior figures from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

A collection was taken for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Sir Ben Ainslie gave a reading from the book of Genesis.

The historical service yesterday was also held to commemorate the life of Admiral Lord Nelson.

Giving his address, Canon Peter Leonard, said: ‘We used the power of the sea to defend our nation over many, many years, to carry ships around the world, to protect the innocent, rescue those in distress and help those in need.

‘Both men and women have risked their lives, not only to protect the standard of life we enjoy, but to defend our right to enjoy it. It is important to remember that for many, far too many, it wasn’t simply risking their lives, but sacrificing them as well.’

After the service attendees proceeded to the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson in Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth, where the Lord-Lieutenant led the laying of wreaths.

There Cllr Wylie read Nelson’s prayer before committing a wreath to the Solent to commemorate those whose lives have been lost at sea.