Blessing the Sea 1949 compared to 2015 images

A tradition which appears to go back at least 100 years or more is the Blessing of the Sea. The most recent photos we have of this took place from St Michaels church and down at the lock gates on Sunday 16th August, 2015. But what about this image from 1949?

 

It had a good crowd in attendance with lots of people watching from the other side of the lock gates. It had the lifeboat crew as well as the coastguard, and this year was particularly poignant because it celebrated the life of the former president of the Bude Lifeboat, Desmond Gregory who passed away at the beginning of August, 2014. Here a couple of photos:

Blessing of the Sea 2015 - 1

Blessing of the Sea 2015 - 2

 

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