Seafarers remembered at service in Portsmouth Cathedral

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  • Hymns and readings took place during service
  • Wreaths were laid at Admiral Lord Nelson’s statue
  • Dignitaries from south-east Hampshire attended
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HYMNS were sung and wreaths were laid as part of a service to remember all those out at sea, and those who have lost their lives.

The Seafarer’s Service, which was held at Portsmouth Cathedral, in High Street, Old Portsmouth, also commemorated the life of Admiral Lord Nelson.

As a maritime city let us pray for all those on the seas today and for those whose task it is to support them

Attending the ceremony were a number of dignitaries including the mayors from Fareham, Havant and Gosport, Councillor Frank Jonas, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, and members of Nelson’s Society.

Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury said: ‘As a maritime city let us pray for all those on the seas today and for those whose task it is to support them. Among them we remember the work of The Fishermen’s Mission.

‘Let us pray for those we love and care for and for ourselves, that by our lives we may make a real contribution for good to the communities in which we live and work and have our being.’

During the service hymns were sung and there were readings.

Afterwards people gathered at the statue of Admiral Lord Nelson, in Grand Parade, Old Portsmouth, where wreaths were laid.

A wreath was also tossed into the sea by Cllr Jonas.

Jon Woad, 36, of Bell Davies Road, Fareham, attended with his wife Seonaidh, 32, and their one-year-old daughter Amelia. Mr Woad said: ‘It was a very calm and simple service and I enjoyed it.

‘The service is to say “thank you” for all those out at sea, including those who might not make it back.’

Peter Reeve, 77, and wife Rosa, 75, who live in Gunwharf Quays, also attended.

Mr Reeve said: ‘We are regular attendees at the cathedral and knew about the service so decided to go along.

‘We are always very impressed by the military and seafarers.

‘The organisation of it so well-planned.

‘I used to be in the army with the National Service, and it’s important to support all those in the services.

‘And this service also brought religion into it, which helps.

‘The work those out at sea do make a big difference.’

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This is a city that has got the longest military and naval history – not only in the UK but the whole world.

‘For us this service is to say thanks to all those who protect us here, and also abroad.

‘There are many Portsmouth families right now who are affected as they will have loved ones out at sea.’

Money raised was split between the The Fishermen’s Mission charity and the cathedral.