Ben Ellis at the helm with Father Adrian Ling, left, borough mayor Geoff Hipperson and councillor Paul Kunes. Pictures: Ian Burt

West Lynn’s re-opened ferry service has been officially blessed.

After a five-month absence,  the popular passenger service had one of its boats blessed by Father Adrian Ling, rector of All Saints’ church in King’s Lynn and St Peter’s at West Lynn, last Thursday.

The event, attended by West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson, also marked Merchant Navy Day.

West Lynn Ferry Ltd is now owned by Richard Stannard, 48, of Terrington St Clement and his brother-in-law Ben Ellis, 39, who lives in the same village. 

They began welcoming passengers to transport across the River Great Ouse from the start of the month.

“This has been a while in the planning,” said Mr Stannard. “We know how much the service is valued and wanted to get it up and running as soon as possible.”  

He added they looked forward to welcoming old and new customers.

Paul Kunes, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for commercial services, said the ferry was a vital part of Lynn’s transport system.  

“It’s a cost-effective alternative to driving into the town and helps to take cars off the road and reduce emissions. 

“I would certainly encourage previous passengers to return to the ferry and support this new business, as well as urging people who haven’t yet tried it to give it a go.  

“I would like to personally thank Richard and Ben for their efforts in getting the ferry back into service.  

“I know that this will be welcome news for many who have missed it since it closed in March,” he said.

As with all forms of public transport, ferry passengers will need to wear masks for their journeys. 

Hand sanitiser will be provided on board.

A Facebook page has been created for updated service information. Search for West Lynn Ferry.