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Byline: After many years of stagnation, Rhyl’s harbour has been revitalised due to the new pontoons and iconic bridge.
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Many years ago, a traditional Rogation service was performed by the local vicar of St. Thomas’ church Rhyl, in Rhyl harbour. The service was held as near to Rogation Sunday as tides would allow, and was to bless all users of the harbour and also the RNLI lifeboats at Rhyl. It had not been held for many years, but some of the Rhyl crew thought that, as the harbour area was revitalised with improved mooring and launching facilities, it may be a good idea to revive the tradition.

All users of Rhyl harbour, both commercial and leisure, were invited to the ceremony, carried out by the Reverend Andy Grimwood. Rhyl Silver Band played for the singing of the Hymns, and the service was attended by the Mayor of Rhyl, Clllr David Simmons (an ex crew member of Rhyl lifeboat crew), and other dignitaries. The service was held alongside the new iconic Pont-Y-Ddraig ( Dragon’s bridge), with both the All-weather and Inshore lifeboats attending, along with many of the commercial charter fishing vessels and their crews, and local leisure boaters.

On a lovely Summer’s evening (after a massive thunderstorm early in the day), the boats and all users were blessed by Revd. Grimwood.

 Although the celebration was organised at short notice, the ceremony was well attended , and Coxswain Martin Jones says ” After the success of today’s service, it is hoped that this will become an annual event”.

Pictures are credit Paul Frost MBE, Lifeboat Press Officer; and  Callum Robinson, crew member.

Byline: After many years of stagnation, Rhyl's harbour has been revitalised due to the new pontoons and iconic bridge.
Page Content:

Many years ago, a traditional Rogation service was performed by the local vicar of St. Thomas' church Rhyl, in Rhyl harbour. The service was held as near to Rogation Sunday as tides would allow, and was to bless all users of the harbour and also the RNLI lifeboats at Rhyl. It had not been held for many years, but some of the Rhyl crew thought that, as the harbour area was revitalised with improved mooring and launching facilities, it may be a good idea to revive the tradition.

All users of Rhyl harbour, both commercial and leisure, were invited to the ceremony, carried out by the Reverend Andy Grimwood. Rhyl Silver Band played for the singing of the Hymns, and the service was attended by the Mayor of Rhyl, Clllr David Simmons (an ex crew member of Rhyl lifeboat crew), and other dignitaries. The service was held alongside the new iconic Pont-Y-Ddraig ( Dragon's bridge), with both the All-weather and Inshore lifeboats attending, along with many of the commercial charter fishing vessels and their crews, and local leisure boaters.

On a lovely Summer's evening (after a massive thunderstorm early in the day), the boats and all users were blessed by Revd. Grimwood.

 Although the celebration was organised at short notice, the ceremony was well attended , and Coxswain Martin Jones says " After the success of today's service, it is hoped that this will become an annual event".

Pictures are credit Paul Frost MBE, Lifeboat Press Officer; and  Callum Robinson, crew member.