It could be said this year’s Sea Sunday service and blessing of the Fisher Fleet in King’s Lynn was extra special.
It was the first time the congregation was able to sing together for more than a year and, the blessing was the first act for the new Bishop of Lynn, The Venerable Dr Jane Steen.
Father Angela Rayner said she was delighted to see everyone come together after restrictions recently eased.
She said: “We are thrilled to be back. We had around 65 people attend and we sung a hymn outside together on the dock – the first time we have sung since March 2020.”
The chosen hymn was Eternal Father, Strong to Save, a hymn traditionally associated with seafarers.
The weekend’s service was held at St Nicholas’ Chapel, known as “the fisherman’s chapel” due to its North End location, historically home to the fishing community.
“We know how much visitors to the town admire the fishing industry, and it’s something we want to see sustained,” said Father Rayner.
The procession made its way to the Fisher Fleet and was blessed by the Bishop of Lynn.
The annual event was also attended by West Norfolk Mayor and Mayoress Harry and Brenda Humphrey.